Ahead of the release of its release next week on fabric's Houndstooth imprint, the debut album from Snow Ghosts, the duo of electronic producer Throwing Snow (Ross Tones) and vocalist and songwriter Augustus Ghost (Hannah Cartwright) is now streaming in full as premiered on SPIN.
Crafted from a shared interest of the odd folk nature of Britain and the resultant dark strangeness, Throwing Snow and Augustus Ghost pool their individual inspirations, ideas and styles on 'A Small Murmuration' to create a unique meeting point between the primal and the contemporary.
Along with this, the band have been featured this week as New Band Of The Day on The Guardian.
Throwing Snow, aka Ross Tones, first started working with Augustus Ghost, aka Hannah Cartwright, after she first arrived in England five years ago. Hannah comes from a songwriting background, having previously collaborated with Phaeleh as well as singing in the band Masakichi, while Ross possesses more electronic influences - his work as Throwing Snow has gained plaudits from all sides, manifested most recently through invitations to support Bonobo on his forthcoming tour, as well as Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace project. Together, the pair shared a mutual influence of the shadowy elements of folk and metal, and it is through these reference points that Snow Ghosts began to take shape.
The music is brooding and at times imposing, yet sweepingly majestic throughout - Augustus Ghost's rich vocals balance perfectly on Throwing Snow's somber sonic creations, as hints of industry and mechanism are married with the organic, natural world. The album's title - 'A Small Murmuration' - combines Ross' love of chaos theory and Hannah's earthy propensity for nature. The theme is reflected in the imagery surrounding the album - the artwork and photographs come from Hannah's Great Granddad in the 1930s, and forms a special attachment to each of the tracks. Additional illustration was done by Matthew Ellwood, one of Ross' oldest and closest friends who also provided the art for the Black Acre EP. The album as a whole feels little need or desire to fit alongside any current trends, instead focusing on a fundamental formula: of close collaboration, shared interests, and strong friendship.
Listen to 'A Small Murmuration' here:
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