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Nadja’s Portal to “Sonnborner”


Nadja‘s music is more of a place than a sound. Something so vivid you can touch it and feel it surrounding you in its mass and volume. This prolific drone/doom metal duo, comprised of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff, worships at this place of noise and capacity. Now releasing their 20th full-length album Sonnborner, the ambitious Canadian expats push their place of resonance into reality. Listen to an exclusive premiere of their upcoming album’s title track below.

Thirty minutes may seem like a lengthy period of time, but this is child’s play to Baker and Buckareff. Lengths of time are canvases on which they paint, or a portal in which they evoke this otherworld.

Slowly unraveling itself, “Sonnborner/Aten”‘s first eight minutes swirl with beautifully bowed strings and Baker’s plaintive voice, all before exploding forth with walls of distortion. A forgotten review of some Nadja release (maybe their split with 5/5/2000, but I could be wrong) described Nadja’s music as “every instrument in existence playing the same note for a very long time,” which is fitting. This is an overwhelming but beautiful exercise in volume through doomgazing tension and release. As a purported progenitor of this “metalgaze” or “doomgaze” style, Sonnborner acts as Nadja’s master’s thesis, a demonstration of the sound worship and noise beauty which cemented them in the first place.

Sonnborner will be released September 4th on Broken Spine Productions and Daymare Recordings. Follow Nadja on Bandcamp.

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