Wise Queen Records have announced that new experimental artist Abrasive Trees will be working with their independent label.
Intricate and spectral
Described as ‘intricate, spectral with layered drones and dark atmospheres’, Abrasive Trees is the solo creative vehicle for Matthew Rochford. Matthew is currently a collaborator with ROTHKO, guitarist/vocalist with the post-punk band Council of Giants and has been the guitarist in indie-folk artist Jo Beth Young’s work as Talitha/RISE.
“I’m really happy to be working with such a creative label that really understands where I am coming from with this music,” Matthew told ArtsCulture.
“Having worked with Jo-Beth before it feels like home and it’s nourishing to my confidence as a recording artist and performer. Plus there’s a total acceptance of being experimental, which is at the heart of creativity for me”
A debut single Bound For An Infinite Sea is due for release in early September with an accompanying video by visual artist Jess Wooler. Glasgow-based dark-wave artist Sebastian Swarm will also be remixing the track.
An album is expected in February 2021. With a headline tour of intimate venues to support the album release scheduled for the spring.
Experimental and immersive
The Abrasive Tree approach is experimental and immersive, with the overall energy owing as much to post-punk as it does to ambient psychedelia, folk or post-rock.