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PREMIERE: Pillars and Tongues - Thank You, Oaky

The chilling and chanting goth folk from these once-Chicagoan-current-nomads is like an incantation at a wake. At one time both dark and mystic, but also somehow holy and celebratory. Dress in white, dance. Feel the wind. Throw yr hands in the air.  Meditate. 

Directed by Nathan Vollmar of 19th State Productions. Get The Pass and Crossing LP from Endless Nest Records.

The Chicago, IL-based trio of Beth Remis, Ben Babbit and Mark Trecka a.k.a. Pillars and Tongues have spent the last few years traveling and playing music in a wide variety of contexts. Naturally, their experiences have influenced their sound – in fact, on Knifelike on their forthcoming album, End-dances latest single, the song has a delicate, hazy trance-like feel.

The track is heavily layered and employs elements of Eastern and Native American songwriting – creating the fugue-like feel of the song. Lead vocalist, Mark Trecka’s sonorous baritone expressively croons bittersweet and ambivalent lyrics which sound as though they owe a debt to Kate Bush

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Pillars and Tongues - The Making Graceful

Without a reliance on electronic drones and over saturated vocals Chicago’s Pillars and Tongues seem to have a much more organic sound to it. While their overall sound is dark in nature I find it to be rather seductive as if you’ve stumbled upon a few friends in the basement of a 400 year old cathedral.

Their album comes out June 28th on Empty Cellar. I will be picking it up. It should also be known their playing the 2640 Space in Baltimore tonight with Hiro Kone. and Deradoorian, one of the incredibly lovely ladies of Dirty Projectors, whom I’m also particularly excited to see tonight. So come hang and listen to pretty music is an gutted church.

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Pillars and Tongues- The Pass and Crossings (Empty Cellar Records)2011

buy it here: http://www.endlessnest.com/store/index.php#ptpc

Pillars and Tongues have crafted a droning avant classical meets medieval folk record. Singer Mark Trecka’s subtle moody vocals are akin to Nick Cave or even Scott Walker and are utilized like another layer droning  along with the harmonium, violin, and bass. There is very little percussion on this record and unfortunately very little variety. “The Making Graceful” is the most percussion heavy and it is a welcomed change of pace. The mellow atmospheres are beautiful and relaxing but The Pass and Crossings can be challenging at times. The glacial pace at which the tracks move instill a desire for a kind of development that never seems to come and in the end that is alright. Pillars and Tongues have assembled a very peaceful and subdued record that is in essence very spiritual and meditative. The packaging and artwork are top-notch and the poster adds a nice touch.

Pillars and Tongues- “Palms to Tell” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

“Special free download single released in coincidence with the spring / summer 2012 tour.
Also appears on ‘If Travel is Asked of Me’, a limited edition cassette and unlimited download release from Red Frost Industries of Bloomington, Indiana. 
”(Laid) Palms to Tell" is an alternate version of a song that appears on the album 'The Pass and Crossings’, and also, in a few significant ways, an entirely new song.“

Saw these guys in Millenium Park and I can’t get over how good they are. It’s like folk meets ambient drone.

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E.P. HALL / PILLARS & TONGUES / GOODHANDS TEAM

RED FROST INDUSTRIES showcase / MDT birthday party
at RUSSIAN RECORDING :: SUN, JUNE 8th


TOMORROW NIGHT, DOORS AT 7PM… and there will be FREE BIRTHDAY CAKE FROM RAINBOW BAKERY!

It is also the release party for the new GOODHANDS TEAM MIXTAPE on RFI, ‘Austerity Mixtape’!

EVENT PAGE TO RSVP:
https://www.facebook.com/events/724397167611176

GOODHANDS TEAM MIXTAPE STREAM:
http://redfrostindustries.bandcamp.com/album/austerity-mixtape

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PILLARS AND TONGUES : POINTS OF LIGHT

Pillars and Tongues - The Making Graceful

I bought my first car this week. The sale included a glove compartment filled with cassettes. Amongst them, I found a Pillars and Tongues album, The Pass and Crossings. This sounds incredible on tape. So much texture. Alas, live videos of this don’t do it justice. If you listen to this, try to do so with headphones or speakers.

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I think it’s the female vocal that does it for me in this.  Gorgeous.