Somehow in this terrible hell world of ours, there are still some flowers blossom, good food to be enjoyed, and beautiful music to listen to. You may be thinking to yourself, “well, don’t those nice things actually mean we live in a nice world?” And the answer is: No, no it doesn’t. It just means that some nice things can coexist with all of the rancid horribleness we are subjected too. Speaking of which, one of the more lovely pieces of art to be revealed in recent weeks has been Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou’s forthcoming collaboration, May Our Chambers Be Full.
Today we have a new single from this transcendent and quite, oncoming maelstrom, called “The Valley.” Check it out below:
The Valley is a dark and twisted ride that reminiscent of both the bleak folk of PJ Harvey and the thunderous stomp of High on Fire.
In her own words, Emma describes the track thusly:
“The Valley is a place. A landscape that lacks vistas and perspectives. An analogy for unrelenting, crushing mental illness, physical pain, addiction and the isolation that can arise as a result of these diseases. There is a choice one must make once initiated into The Valley‘s fold; to press on living where no hope will ever show itself or to dissolve into its bleak grayness. On the journey, remains of those who came before us and succumbed are visible. Instead of hope, we turn to anger and defiance for fuel and with those we fortify ourselves. The ending doesn’t resolve, but successful escape from The Valley is unlikely.”