Melbourne-based solo artist David Coen aka Sow Discord has announced the release of his first, full-length offering, Quiet Earth, out February 26 through Tartarus Records.
After a series of EPs, split releases, and compilation features for various labels in Australia, the U.S., and Germany, alongside a slew of remixes for The Body, My Disco, No Statik, and RAKTA, Quiet Earth takes the sound of Sow Discord in a more expansive direction, running with a narrative vision of a dangerously frightening world hellbent on self-destruction.
Quiet Earth is a document of humanity’s unwillingness to listen. A world left with nothing but regret. Adding another layer to the lucid and cryptic narrative of the release, the spoken element of Quiet Earth occupies the space in between the ferocity of walls of contorted bass, metallic synthesizers and reworked guitars. It is woven throughout, at times just audible, or appearing only briefly, spectre-like, delivered in a spoken rasp that is void of a body.
Coen has been making music and touring both nationally and internationally for over 20 years and collaborated with fellow artists like Bonnie Mercer, Nina Buchanan, Golden Syrup, Drowning Horse, Self-Harm and The Body. Coen is also a member of doom band Whitehorse, where he handles electronics and percussion. Whitehorse have played festivals such as Roadburn, Heavy Days In Doom Town, Maryland Death Fest, Chaos In Tejas and SXSW, and have toured with artists like Batillus, The Body, Meth Drinker, and Full Of Hell.
Quiet Earth was recorded, produced, and mixed by Coen and includes guest features Ethan McCarthy (Primitive Man, Many Blessings) along with Chip King and Lee Buford (The Body). The record also features guitars by Ben Andrews (My Disco, Agents Of Abhorrence), who is a prominent feature throughout the album and in Sow Discord’s live shows.
Watch the unsettling video for lead single “When It Has Finally Come To Pass” below:
Preorder Quiet Earth here.
Follow Sow Discord on Bandcamp.