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Following their last album, and much to the chagrin of their fans, Renaissance-tinged dark folk troupe Neun Welten entered a deep, decade-long slumber. I suppose a sort of hibernation was necessary, especially after a prolific five years between the Valg EP (which still receives regular listens) and 2009's intricate, Destrunken, but the wait was excruciating.

What emerged from the chrysalis was definitely unexpected, but Neun Welten's newly unfurled wings revealed a surprising luminescence. The Sea I'm Diving In, the band's first album in eight years, casts off the band's previous Renaissance proclivities in favor of a more "human" sort of darkness. Refracting their dark folk roots through progressive and post-rock lenses, the hushed tones of "The Dying Swan" cast an eerie glow from their previously constructed darkness. In a way, this newest effort sounds like a different band, but such is the nature of entering a pupal state - Neun Welten's dwelling in the past is no more, and their modern selves reveal a more fragile, inner emotive nature.

Neun Welten's The Sea I'm Diving In will be released by Prophecy Productions on July 21st. Listen to "The Dying Swan" below.

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From the artist:

“This song has been partly composed in the country of Iran during several travels. Back home it got its final shape and therefore it comprises radical differences: very dark lyrics meet melancholic swing rhythms and together they meet in a tremendous wall of sound. These contrasts are very distinctive for that song.”

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