Song Premiere: Geist & the Sacred Ensemble – “Ode To A Greay Sky”
We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Geist & the Sacred Ensemble‘s new track “Ode To A Greay Sky” (listen below). The song is their debut single off of their much anticipated EP Within, which is to be released on Moon Glyph Records in early 2016.
The band comments on the song:
“‘What ever happened to innocence, the purity of ignorance’ in ‘Ode to a Greay Sky’ sums up the song. It’s questioning why most of us leave our childlike wonder with childhood and grow bitter towards our lives outcomes. It serves a reminder that we can go into our own darkness, but we don’t have to stay there. The choice is ours to make, but know the light will return and is waiting when you’re ready.”
Employing an intoxicating blend of dark folk, Eastern mysticism-informed psych-rock, and doom-laden Americana that invokes names like Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice, Calexico, and Six Organs of Admittance, Cascadia’s Geist & the Sacred Ensemble were formed in 2007 by frontman Michael Sauder and percussionist Samuel Yoder. Citing inspirations like Ennio Morricone and George Crumb, and drawing from Sauder’s formative years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he spent time as a grave digger, the band’s highly cinematic, largely acoustic, semi-apocalyptic doom folk first saw the light of day in 2008 with the release of a self-titled EP under the name Geist & Samuel Joseph. The following year saw the duo expand into a small collective and officially adopt the Geist and the Sacred Ensemble moniker, and in 2011 they issued their full-length debut album, In Search of Fabled Lands, on cassette via the Seattle independent Translinguistic Other. A second cassette, Beyond This Vessel, arrived a few years later, this time through the Oakland, California-based Moon Glyph label.