Wrekmeister Harmonies - Night Of Your Ascension (Thrill Jockey) 2015
It’s with the haunting, beautiful, dramatic, and phantasmagoric-like voice of Marissa Nadler that Wrekmeister Harmonies’ third album, Night Of Your Ascension, gives its first step. Nadler is just one in a cast of 30 musicians that have helped J.R. Robinson craft what’s arguably his most accomplished and ambitious musical effort to date. With two tracks that revolve around two persons – Don Carlo Gesualdo and Father John Geoghan – Robinson excels on the task of taking the listener through numerous and different musical landscapes that are as rich in detail as heavy in emotionally depth. In the midst of portraying society’s violent, sick, and gruesome behavior, Wrekmeister Harmonies pens down a document that is frighteningly real and that refuses to deny the existence of light even in the darkest of times.