Lakenmetershuis, Friday Oct. 1, 22u30
Josh Graham is a visual artist, multi-instrumentalist, electro-acoustic composer: focusing on enigmatic cinematic atmospheres. We’ve been following Josh Graham’s musical path for a number of decades now. His work with Neurosis of course didn’t go by unnoticed but his other projects, like Red Sparrows, A Storm of Light and Battle of Mice, have also been hugely influential.
Live shows mix visuals, guitar, analogue and digital keyboards, cassette loops, and more.
IIVII focuses on sonically engulfing and moody soundscapes, layered with a science-fiction edge. This approach has allowed Josh to expand his sonic body of work and explore new electronic territory, focusing on the subtle orchestration and manipulation of dense sonic atmospheres, rather than the bombastic approach found in A Storm of Light.
Back in 2014, Josh presented his new project IIVII. The musical direction differed widely from his previous work but it did have a familiar feel to it. Where his debut ‘Colony’ in 2015, thematized the exploration of space, 2017’s ‘Invasion’ welcomed extraterrestrial life to earth. Either it’s a warm welcome, or a nightmare happening as the album progresses is up to you. In 2019 IIVII presented ‘Obsidian’. Where IIVII was a synth and midi-project thus far, ‘Obsidian’ took on a more organic approach with the inclusion of more real instruments. Not only musically there is a drastic change noticeable, thematically IIVII has respawn completely as well.
Taking cue from his approach on ‘Obsidian’, Josh started to work on his most ambitious album to date. Or even albums, as the release of ‘Zero Sleep/ Grinding Teeth’ turned out to be two separate albums that are indeed connected, but they stand alone as well. Musically, this has a truly epic scope. Not only does the distorted guitar triumphantly reemerge to roar its horrendous head, for the more restrained and soothing string sections a whole orchestra has been commissioned.