Desolation Wilderness: New Universe
Swooning guitars, found sounds, synthesizer trills, forward percussion and dream vocals; New Universe is the second full-length album by Desolation Wilderness. It alternates between lonely sounds and the euphoria of freedom and distance ? like an empty, foggy beach in the early morning. After touring the country extensively, this album is the labor of a restless engine; postcards from being constantly on the move.
Desolation Wilderness: No Tomorrow
These songs are the celluloid preview to Desolation Wilderness’ second full length album, New Universe [KLP204], which will be released by K in August. The single, part of our International Pop Underground series, was recorded by the band at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia Washington: tubes glowing, tape echoing, guitars chiming. Hey, go outside and let the sun in.
Desolation Wilderness: White Light Strobing
White Light Strobing [KLP198] is the debut album of the band Desolation Wilderness. Recorded in the Winter of 2008, supposedly the dark months but there is a beauty hidden there, too. Sound waves transmuted through archaic vacuum tubes and dusty transistors, magnetized on to a playable medium. A rush of air pressure, a few more charged ions here and there. Somehow, out of chaos comes order, a record of an event at a specific time and place. White Light Strobing. Strobing, like what movies do, or sunlight, or even sound: More than meets the eye. White Light Strobing contains songs straight from the wide awake dream world about simple things (love, escape, the open road) which transform before your ears into something else entirely. Similar to the experience of being inside all day and then walking outside to find yourself blinded by the light of the sun, blinking in a daze. What just happened? More than meets the eye. The meaning of words are transcended by their texture, what they rest upon. Lingual poetry as visual poetry as aural poetry; sung in any language, it is understood.
Desolation Wilderness: Until Forever
Desolation Wilderness is the primary musical project of Nicolaas Zwart. Started in 2005, it is his musical realization of themes inspired by american literature, film, and music: transcendentalism, hope, longing, movement. If you had to map it, it would be somewhere between A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Rabbit, Run by John Updike.
Until Forever was written, played, and recorded by Nic in Summer of 2007, at Dub Narcotic studio in Olympia, Washington; during the late night sessions for his self- released full-length album Hey Someone. Nic played almost all the instruments including the vibraphone, clarinet, glockenspiel, guitar, computer, and synthesizer. On "4/4 Love Song" he enlisted his friends Andrew Dorsett and Adam Oelsner to play Hammond Organ and Accordion, respectively.
"Goodbye Summer Girl" is the end of a story. Saying a sudden goodbye to someone new to you who you were in love with, and seeing her disappear out of the rear view mirror of your car as you drive away; getting lost in the shimmering heat of a California summer day.
"Gloria" and "4/4 Love Song" have no words, but they capture a mood you can get when watching fireworks over a lake during twilight on the Fourth of July: everything you see and do is imbued with the magic of fate and destiny.