OXBOW Shares “Lovely Murk”

OXBOW have released “Lovely Murk (ft. Lingua Ignota)” and a companion video in advance of Friday’s release of Love’s Holiday (Ipecac Recordings).

About the video and track, Niko Wenner says: “I started ‘Lovely Murk’ in late 2011 imagining the perspective of my mother then dying from Alzheimer’s, and what it would feel like to lose everything, even one’s self. So personally, I kept the song for myself; she died in early 2012. But soon Lisa Meyer at Supersonic Festival in Birmingham, England asked us to play, encouraging me to orchestrate a version for an OXBOW Orchestra performance. And eventually, I was ready to record the song for our new OXBOW album Love’s Holiday, with new lyrics. I asked Kristin Hayter to create a Lingua Ignota choir using my melody from 2011, she also added voice over the bridge, altogether creating a stunning and essential addition. A long journey for what for me is a beautiful, powerful song, made with love.”

Eugene S. Robinson continues: “My favorite part of filming the entire video was during a break in the recording when the homeowner of the historically significant house in Pennsylvania where we recorded it, walked into a room where I was sitting and screamed on account of him believing I was an actual ghost. In his mind I guess 17th-century ghosts have iPhones. When Kristin’s voice comes swelling up in the song’s center, right about the time my dying and almost dead carcass ascends to the sky gods, I actually had a moment where it felt like that’s precisely and ‘for real’ what was happening. Her voice, my voice, the voices all contributed to…yes: that feeling of… release.”

The Bay Area quartet recently announced their first tour dates in support of the 10-song album, with both east and west coast swings slated for this Fall. Tickets for all shows are on sale now, with ticketing links and additional details available here.

U.S. Tour Dates:

October 20 Philadelphia, PA PhilaMOCA

October 21 Portland, ME SPACE

October 22 Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere

November 9 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

November 10 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theatre

November 11 Mesa, AZ Pub Rock

European tour dates:

September 1 Glasgow, UK Broadcast

September 2 Birmingham, UK Supersonic Festival

September 3 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club

September 4 Bristol, UK Exchange

September 5 London, UK Studio 9294

September 6 Kortrijk, BE Wilde Western

September 7 Brussels, BE Botanique

September 8 Nijmegen, NL Merleyn

September 9 Tetange, LU Human’s World Festival (free entry)

September 10 Bochum, DE Die Trompete

September 11 Vienna, AT Volkstheatre Rote Bar

September 12 Wroclaw, PL Liverpool

September 13 Warsaw, PL Hydrozagadka

September 14 Berlin, DE Roadrunners Paradise

September 15 Hamburg, DE Hafenklang

September 16 Aalborg, DK Lasher Fest