Published Mar 11, 2015Neurosis leader Steve Von Till has unveiled the first preview of his forthcoming folk-flecked solo LP, A Life Unto Itself. You can check out the title cut, a haunted yet uplifting mélange of self-reflection and screaming pedal steel, down below.
The cut calmly introduces itself with the slide work of J. Kardong and Von Till's throat-clearing baritone. The singer gravelly details natural landscape's of "unceasing rain," while also weighing in on themes of self-doubt, the afterlife and the legacy he'll have left his kin.
"When you make a big life decision and then you hear a raven's call out in the sky, it wasn't chance-it was an affirmation, it was meant for you, even if that might seem ridiculous in a conventional sense," Von Till explained esoterically in a press statement. "When you hear a melody and it takes you back a thousand years to a memory you're not even sure you were a part of. When folklore and history become ways of how you see the world, it allows things to become more mystical and take on deeper meaning. When you're walking through ordinary, mundane situations, you have this frame of reference that takes on great personal significance beyond surviving the day-to-day: It's surviving the day-to-day with meaning."
You'll find a stream of Von Till's ruminative "A Life Unto Itself" below, via The Quietus. The album lands May 5 through Neurot Recordings.