Peculiar Storms

by Monastery

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    Black 180-gram vinyl comes in jacket with printed inner sleeve (but the record is packaged in a white poly-lined inner sleeve for protection), download card, and 7 postcards of art by Theodor Kittelsen with prose/poetry in a hand stamped and numbered envelope.

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    Comes in a 4 panel digipack with a 16 page booklet and postcard. Booklet includes art by Theodor Kittelsen and original prose & poetry.

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about

Peculiar Storms is intended to be a humble tribute to the artists of Scandinavia that have had (and still have) an enormous impact on who I am. It was through them that I discovered the various forms of Soundscape, Ambient, Experimental, and Folk music that I've always felt a deep spiritual/emotional connection with. I discovered sounds and ideas that resonated with my love of nature and contempt for modernism. I discovered a beauty and intensity I'd been searching for my whole life. I discovered fierce attention to detail, creativity, and originality. I discovered European Mythologies that moved my spirit far more than anything I'd encountered throughout my Christian upbringing. I discovered new ways to dream and, more importantly, that it's ok to dream. I discovered the need to be uncompromising. I discovered honour.

One of Monastery's intents is to showcase a different visual artist with each release. This being the first album, I thought it would be appropriate to use the paintings and illustrations of Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen as further tribute to the Scandinavian musicians. Many of them such as Burzum, Darkthrone, Ulver, and Wongraven have used his art which is where I originally discovered it. Aside from the above mentioned, other artists who've planted the seed are Hagalaz' Runedance, Origami Galaktika, Björk, Neptune Towers, and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson. They've led me beyond Scandinavia to others such as Current 93, COIL, James Blackshaw, Nurse With Wound, Fennesz, Mothlite, Death In June, Bass Communion, Sunn O))), Cyclobe, Loreena McKennitt, and Klaus Schultze….and more recently back to Scandinavia with Sigur Rós and Ólafur Arnalds.

Conceptually, I don't want to say too much about Peculiar Storms because I don't want to influence the listener's perceptions and interpretations. There is art and text to accompany each song. I can only hope that it helps to facilitate escape to more haunting and dreamier worlds than the one we're all in.

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released March 27, 2014

Music & Words were written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Robb Kavjian mostly over the course of 2013 at Seraphim House, Massachusetts.

Mastered by Sean Glonek in October 2013 at SRG Studios, New Jersey.

Design, Layout, & Website by Alexandria Noel.

All Paintings & Illustrations by Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914)

The words that accompany song III, along with its title, were taken from His Dark Materials-Book I: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman who retains the copyright (1995) and is published by Laurel Leaf.

Thank you to Neil DeRosa for putting up with my existence and my musical whims. Alexandria Noel for endless assistance and for being amazing at what you do. Sean Glonek for inadvertently pushing me to do better and teaching me so much. Donna Kavjian for getting me a tin whistle while in Ireland. Gerrit Boomcat Andresen for giving me the German translation for the phrase 'lost in the fog'--Verloren Im Nebel is far more beautiful! Vinny Parent for the incessant recommendation to read Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Nature for providing the backdrop and tranquility. All the Musicians, Artists, & Writers that I look up to--sometimes waiting to see what you do next is the only thing that keeps me going.

For info:
Monastery: www.monasteryhymns.com
Sean Glonek: www.srgstudios.com
Alexandria Noel: www.alexandria-noel.com
Theodor Kittelsen: www.kittelsen.efenstor.net

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Track Name: Empty Vessel, Abandoned Lighthouse
I. Empty Vessel, Abandoned Lighthouse
(OceanStorm10.II.2013)

Empty vessel
Battered about
Through space & time
Marooned & adrift
Suffering the brunt
Of the ocean's torment

Abandoned lighthouse
Battered by waves
A crumbling monolith
Of aching solitude
Marooned & adrift

For the last time
He stepped into the sea
Track Name: A Snowstorm Descends Upon A Sleepy Town
II. A Snowstorm Descends Upon A Sleepy Town
(SnowStorm26.XII.2010)

In the winter of 1628, a storm swept through the colonial town that saw the disappearance of all its settlers. Due to local fears and superstitions caused by the unknown nature of their disappearance, the town remains uninhabited. Those who live nearby say that on winter nights, the howling songs of trapped colonists can be heard upon the wind.
Track Name: "And The Aurora Was Swaying Above Them..."
III. "And The Aurora Was Swaying Above Them…"
(WindStorm2.VI.2013)

"It took some time before she was used to the movement, and then she felt a wild exhilaration. She was riding a bear! And the Aurora was swaying above them in golden arcs and loops, and all around was the bitter arctic cold and the immense silence of the North."
--Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials-Book 1: The Golden Compass
Track Name: Verloren Im Nebel
IV. Verloren Im Nebel
(FogStorm21.VII.2013)

It was one of those days when nature and the weather felt magnetic, sparking with life. It's as if one can sense something deeper in the earth, an essence so much more powerful and beautiful than mere dirt and stone. It can fill one with an overwhelming sense of mystery, urgency, longing, and exultation. Lost in this reverie, the boy wandered through meadow, moor, and woodland, soaking in the energy. While drowning in fanciful thoughts, he was suddenly startled by the realization that his surroundings were completely unfamiliar to him. A fog had settled upon the land that the eyes of man could hardly penetrate. Missing in the mist, the clouded eyes and puzzled mind reeled. Drawn into the opaque magic, lusting for the unknown, the boy heeded the land's siren song and was never seen again. Verloren im Nebel.
Track Name: The Eternal Storm
V. The Eternal Storm
(DreamStorm30.VII.2013)

As you fall into sleep
Beneath the trees
Beside the stream
You meander into dreams
Your heart quickens
And you race towards the light
Forever, towards the end of time
And, always, towards the end of mind
There will never be escape
All you know, All you love
All you thought would keep you safe
Burns away and dissipates
And, at the end, all that remains
Is you and The Eternal Storm
You and The Eternal Storm
Track Name: Grief
VI. Grief
(RainStorm16.II.2011)

The lull of the rain
And the hapless yawning of thunder
Offer no serenity
Awaiting his return
In a circle of grief
Pensive, pining, and anguished
We cannot see through this rain
Open the sky
And the Gods weep for you
A ghost
A shadow longing for love lost
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