Following 2017’s ARDOR, Montreal trio BIG|BRAVE are set to release their fourth full-lenght album, A Gaze Among Them, on May 10th through Southern Lord. Continuing an approach to music based on the key principles of space, volume, and raw emotion, in the realms of experimental rock, the majestic, fierce and poignant sentiments that originate from their compositions, continue to prevail on the new record. “How do we take very little and make something bigger than what we actually have?”, asked vocalist and guitarist Robin Wattie. She explains:
“The biggest challenge was to not do what is easiest. i.e. what we knew worked for the last albums or what is, for us, easy to write. With A Gaze Among Them, Mathieu and I put ourselves through the ringer – I did not want to do what seemed to me to be a ‘logical next step’ in what we could do musically. I wanted to go back to our original concepts and work from there – space, tension, minimalism and voice (finding melody and musicality in pieces that consist of one note for longer than ten minutes, for example) were the primary concentrations I wanted to push.”
A Gaze Among Them also features contributions from Thierry Amar (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion) guesting on doublebass and Seth Manchester on synth overdubs.
The first taste from BIG|BRAVE’s upcoming album comes in the shape of a celestial teaser. Check it out below.