Rabit announces new album Les Fleurs Du Mal via Halcyon Veil

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On November 3, electronic composer and producer Rabit will release his sophomore album. It’s called Les Fleurs Du Mal, which we of course all know is French for “The Fleurs Du Mal.”

Following up appearances on two previously EUREKA!’d albums — Elysia Crampton’s Demon City and Chino Amobi’s Paradiso — not to mention TMT’s 33rd favorite music release of 2015, Les Fleurs Du Mal is Rabit’s exploration of the self, finding out where exactly he belongs in a world growing increasingly chaotic by the second. And, like those albums by Crampton and Amobi, Les Fleurs Du Mal was devised as a product of intentional sequestering, with the goal of creating an experience that feels refined, remarkable, and real.

Les Fleurs Du Mal is set for release November 3 via Halcyon Veil and can be pre-ordered digitally or on vinyl (limited-edition white or otherwise) here. The album features guest vocals from Chino Amobi and Cecilia, who handles co-production alongside Coil’s Drew McDowall.

Watch the video for “Bleached World,” filmed in Houston during Hurricane Harvey, and check out the album’s full tracklisting, down below.

Les Fleurs Du Mal tracklist:

01. Possessed
02. Bleached World
03. Roach
04. Ontological Graffiti
05. Dogsblood Redemption
06. Prayer
07. The Whole Bag
08. Humanity’s Daughter
09. Rosy Cross
10. Ontological II
11. Prayer II (Gemme)
12. Elevation

Rabit – “Bleached World” Video

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Houston-based producer Eric Burton, who puts out haunting experimental music as Rabit, worked with Björk on her upcoming new album, and he also has an album of his own on the way, the follow-up to his 2015 full-length debut Communion. Les Fleurs Du Mal will be out next month, and the first … More »

♫ Listen: Abyss X – Razor

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A friend was telling me recently about how, for the first 10 years or so of their lives, her parents were very strict about consuming anything with refined sugar, additives, etc. As her parents began to breakup, though, this intention became less of a preoccupation for them, and eventually my friend’s diet was taken up completely by all the junk foods that they had been kept away from during childhood — candy and soda and toaster pastries and cereal, everything filler and with high fructose. As these things go, the switchover was made more dramatic by the sense of making up for lost time, catching up on all the previously secret unhealthy and heavenly delights.

This came to mind when listening to “Razor,” from Abyss X’s upcoming record Mouthed, out next Friday, September 30 on Halcyon Veil. The track captures that feeling of repression followed by overload, stability interrupted by sudden and extreme stimulation. Ingest below:

♫ Listen: Jesse Osborne-Lanthier – As The Low Hanging Fruit Vulnerabilities Are More Likely To Have Already Turned Up.

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Like two giant pieces of steel coated in black slime being swung together, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier’s As The Low Hanging Fruit Vulnerabilities Are More Likely To Have Already Turned Up, the artist’s new release on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil label, lurches into existence and provides us with the darkest of digital noise painstakingly shaped into a relentlessly, impressively fierce half hour.

Sounding as if it is being spit from some forgotten corner of deep space or debugged out of a truly evil piece of computer code, the tones here are harsh, bleak — sharp glitches embedded in ultra sub bass, punishing distortion faded into huge reverb, unholy synth choirs, wildly de-pitched claps, repurposed 128kbps artifacts, percussion that sounds like a chain knocking into the side of a rusted bell, etc. This is heavy digital music, totally inorganic, yet fully human.

A.T.L.H.F.V.A.M.L.T.H.A.T.U. is available from Halcyon Veil and can be streamed below in its entirety via SoundCloud. Physical and digital formats will be available August 12.