Black Rain (I) takes the form of three extended pieces of new music from A-Sun Amissa, written and recorded by Richard Knox during the early months of 2020. One new track from the record will be released digitally at the beginning of May, June and July.
Focusing on a more ambient and cinematic approach, Black Rain offers another new texture to the A-Sun Amissa palette. Plans for releases and touring during 2020 have inevitably been wrecked as the world focuses on more important things. Subsequently, we have to find new ideas and forge fresh paths, find new hope, look for ways to do things differently and seek opportunities in these trying times.
This work will test the waters in conjunction with Bandcamp’s very generous artist donation days which will happen on May 1st, June 5th and July 3rd. It’s an opportunity to try something slightly different in terms of approaching releasing music, without the fanfare or touring demands. Something more impulsive, direct and free of constraints.
We are working on a CD edition to be announced alongside the release of the third track. This release is offered as a free/pay what you want download and, of course, any support is hugely appreciated.
Dear friends… we are deeply sorry to announce that we have to cancel our short tour in Luxembourg and France this week due to illness. It’s just not possible for us to travel right now and be in good shape to perform. We’d like to apologise to everyone planning on coming to the shows and the promoters and venues for their work in putting these dates together. I hope we can reschedule for later in the year. Thank you…. Richard x
I've just added a brand new print entitled 'The Loom' to the Death Rattle Press store.
An edition of 10 and the second part of the 'Through Silver Dust' series.
THE LOOM by Richard Knox
Part of the 'Through Silver Dust' Monotype Print Series.
Screen-printed version extracted and adapted from an original mixed media monotype piece.
• One colour hand-pulled screen print
• Edition of 10
• Print size: 11" x 8"
• Paper size: 17" x 12"
• Signed and numbered by the artist
• Shipped in a heavy-duty card tube.
BANDS, LABELS, SMALL BUSINESSES ALERT!
As you may (or may not) be aware, we have recently started a small-batch screen-printing company called Death Rattle Press. So far we have been running it as a side project of our label Gizeh Records, but now we have officially launched the damn thing!
We are selling our own work and merchandise, as well as offering a print service for all kinds of small companies, specialising in low-runs. So if you're looking for unique, hand-printed merchandise for your band, label or business, get in touch.
What a wonderful two weeks on the road and a perfect ending in Diepenheim and H.A.N.S Festival. So grateful to everyone who helped us out, came to the shows, bought merch and chatted to us. It’s been a total blast.
Here's a beautiful souvenir from the tour. A full set from our Münich show, filmed and edited by Andi Weimann.
A-Sun Amissa has a new track entitled 'The Thaw' available as part of this recent compilation from Modern Bön. The collection of tracks featured here are excellent and well worth investigating further.
A new A-Sun Amissa record entitled 'For Burdened and Bright Light' will be released on September 13th via Gizeh Records and Consouling Sounds.
For Burdened and Bright Light is the fifth full-length album from A-Sun Amissa.
This new work builds on the foundations of previous record Ceremony in the Stillness (2018), incorporating some of the heavier, distorted, guitar oriented themes but this time fuses them with broken, crumbling electronic beats and primal drone movements. The result is two long-form pieces of work that take time to unfold and multiple listens to truly digest what is on offer.
The music of A-Sun Amissa has evolved some-what naturally over the years, drawing from elements of dark-ambient, post-rock and minimal doom but always with a leading experimental edge and a huge amount of room to push the boundaries back as far as possible. For Burdened and Bright Light feels like the next logical chapter in the journey.
Essentially A-Sun Amissa is the project of Richard Knox (Gizeh Records founder, The Eternal Return Arkestra curator and member of The Rustle of the Stars, Shield Patterns and Glissando) who has utilised a vast array of other musicians throughout the group’s previous records. This time around though it’s almost exclusively the work of Knox who continues to embed his typical DIY approach in writing, recording and mixing the entire album, alongside providing the artwork.
On a sonic level For Burdened and Bright Light is the furthest Knox has gone in terms of production, depth and working with a more diverse palette of sounds. A-Sun Amissa’s distinct atmosphere remains intact however and the result is a more immersive, ambitious, adventurous record of conflicting emotions as the theme of the work tackles the contradictions of being human and explores the duality of light and dark, hope and despair.
The two compositions found here are underpinned by vast ambient passages that are drenched in distortion and reverb, slowly unfurling before more industrial, kinetic sounds are introduced and heaving guitars come to the fore. As ever, there’s a melancholic dissonance that resonates throughout, repetition is key and moments of dread are paired with shafts of light as these two monolithic pieces unravel themselves over the course of forty minutes. The clarinet work of Claire Knox features prominently and ranges from huge, droning, orchestral overtones in the opening section of Breath by Breath to a wild, free-jazz explosion in the middle of Seagraves. The addition of David Armes’ lap-steel for the first time brings a discordant and haunting element to the sound and builds on the recent live work this trio have done together.
A-Sun Amissa has never been a project to repeat itself and with For Burdened and Bright Light they continue their long and patient journey into the abyss.
Written, played, recorded and mixed by Richard Knox
at Cloud Blunt Moon, Glossop during 2018-19.
David Armes - Lap-Steel
Claire Knox - Clarinet
Mastered by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden, San Francisco
Artwork by Richard Knox
10 - White Vinyl - Deluxe edition. Numbered with additional insert and silkscreened front/back outer sleeve. Hand-cut front insert and a signed/numbered one of a kind monotype print by Richard Knox. Heavyweight card sleeve and poly-lined inner. Gizeh Store exclusive. Download code included.
100 - White Vinyl - Numbered with additional insert and silkscreened front/back outer sleeve. Heavyweight card sleeve and poly-lined inner. Exclusive edition for Gizeh / Consouling Sounds. Download code included.
75 - White Vinyl - Numbered with additional insert and silkscreened front/back outer sleeve. Heavyweight card sleeve and poly-lined inner. Exclusive tour only edition. Download code included.
300 - White Vinyl - Standard edition. Heavyweight card sleeve and poly-lined inner. Download code included.
CD First Press:
300 - Silkscreened sleeves on black recycled stock Download code included.
SLOWSECRET is a resource and archival site dedicated to the work of Richard Knox & associated projects.
Richard Knox (b. 1980) is a musician and artist living and working in Glossop, situated in the Dark Peak district in the North-West of the UK. Currently writing and touring as A-Sun Amissa, he is also a founding member of The Eternal Return Arkestra, The Rustle of the Stars and Glissando and a member of Shield Patterns.
He formed and is still currently running the independent record label Gizeh Records and alongside his design work and mixed media art projects he co-founded the screen-printing studio Death Rattle Press.
THANKS FOR VISITING. RK.
LAST UPDATE 22nd MAY 2020