Dylan Carlson of drone giants Earth set for UK tour
- Nick Herd
- 19 September 2012
Drone musician embarking on Scottish folk balladry project
Dylan Carlson, founder of drone giants Earth is embarking on his first solo tour under the moniker ‘Drcarlsonalbion’. Having moved Earth from their drone-metal beginnings on Extra-Capsular Extraction and Earth 2, they explored more countrified, clear tone leanings on Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method. Recently, Dylan’s focus shifted to folk and traditional sounds, specifically from England and Scotland with Earth’s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light, Volume 1 and Volume II.
Heavily inspired by the fairies and pictish folklore of this very island, Dylan has compiled field recordings with ambient solo drones and spoken word – carrying on storytelling and mystic traditions from centuries past. The recordings were captured across the UK at various megalithic and mystical sites this summer, entwining this with Dylan’s fascination with Scottish folk balladry and his own Anglo-Scottish roots. Calling it a ‘labor of love/ obsession’, he aims to put out an illustrated pop-up book with limited-edition vinyl LP and DVD in May next year, titled Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion. On the surface, it may sound like the frontman of one of the most seminal avant-garde metal bands of the last twenty years is embarking on the musical equivalent of the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? – but his pilgrimage has a far more occult and magical preoccupation, with a heavy emphasis on the forgotten nooks and crannies which make up the spiritual DNA of Albion.
Find out about his project on Kickstarter
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Thu 11 Oct