Spirits and the Melchizedek Children

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Spirits and the Melchizedek Children is rooted in equal measures of psychedelic folk ramblings, ambient noise, and soaring, near-explosive dynamic shifts. RIYL: Low, Swans, Brightblack Morning Light, Fleet Foxes, MBV, Deerhunter

Biography

Forged
on late summer nights surrounding a dying bonfire at Camp 1538, Spirits
and the Melchizedek Children began as Jason Elliott’s acoustic
ramblings, and has since grown into a sprawling psychedelic juggernaut.
Their latest album, So Happy, It’s Sad
(out now on Fallen Arrows) bears the weight of life in all of its
trials, tribulations and wonder, but at the same time imbues a feeling
of completeness and unity. Evolving from crackling static into sonorous
music and back again, SATMC weaves a melodic sensibility into the
chaotic fabric of their haunting arrangements. Unapologetically daring
and comfortingly familiar, Spirits’ ambient songs provide a soundtrack
for lost summers, new loves, and clean-slate beginnings.



SATMC’s
current lineup of singer-guitarist Elliott, drummer Bryan Fielden,
bassist Joe McNeill and guitarist Ryan Odom has been touring
relentlessly since the release of So Happy, It’s Sad,
sharing bills with Florence and the Machine, Civil Twilight, Dead
Meadow, Lower Dens and The Growlers. They've garnered features in Paste
and The A.V. Club, who called the band "the Southern Sigur Ros," and
last month, they even bumped The National from the top spot of
Daytrotter’s most-listened sessions.



"This
new record is a celebration of the bittersweet experiences we all face
in our lives," Elliott says, “It's a letter from us to you. We hope you
can take the painful elements in your life and make them beautiful."



So Happy, It’s Sad
was recorded and produced by Benjamin Price (OutKast, Little Tybee) at
Studilaroche. He helped the band cultivate a sound that was modern and
boldly refined, yet shrouded in a primordial mysticism. Royal Thunder's
Mel Parsonz contributes her powerful vocals to the record while Matt
Jarrard (Oryx and Crake, Book Club) and Ryan Gregory (Little Tybee, Lily
and the Tigers), Taylor Mumford, Price and Johnny Rhum beautifully
complement the sound with strings, brass, percussion and electronics.



SATMC’s first album, We Are Here to Save YOU!,
was recorded with Ed Rawls (Black Lips, Carnivores, Deerhunter) and
released in 2011. Since then, there's been some controlled burning, as
former members of the band have exited, allowing for a renewed vision
and sense of purpose. Moving from a tumultuous place to a strangely
peaceful one, Spirits ventured forth releasing the single “LOOK!” in
2012, followed by So Happy, It's Sad, a major creative breakthrough for the band.



“The
unknown, the future is wild and undetermined,” Elliott says, “but it's
always exciting to watch it unfold. As time moves on, we find new ways
to play things. It’s always been important to us to keep things interesting for ourselves, so that our music is constantly evolving."