AUTHOR & PUNISHER have announced a brand new album!
Titled Krüller, the upcoming album from the visionary San Diego musician-meets-mechanical engineer, Tristan Shone, is his brand new full-length effort and is scheduled to be released in February next year, via Relapse Records.
The upcoming album a suite of upgraded machines, a distilled vocal process and a handful of guest players including TOOL’s Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor. Shone began work on Krüller after returning from his opening slot with TOOL across the US, Australia, and New Zealand, before being cut short due to the March 2020 lockdowns. “Melody has been and is still a part of my sound,” says Shone. “I’ve always bathed them in a lot of reverb, delay, and distortion, though. This time around, I was bothered by the wall of distortion I had created. I wanted a little more clarity. I wanted to refine the sound. I wanted to step back from my own show and analyse it a bit. I had all these competing distortions that I wanted to streamline. I like contrast and wanted the vocals to be immediately noticeable. There’s something about mixing punishing drones and rumble with a mellow thing on top that I really like on Krüller.”
Alongside the announcement of the new album, AUTHOR & PUNISHER have released a new music video for a new song lifted from the upcoming album; Drone Carrying Dread. The new music video was directed by Monte Legaspi and features illustrations from album cover artist Zlatko Mitev. “Drone Carrying Dread was the first song I wrote on Krüller,” explains Shone of the album that thematically was inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s Parable series. “I had just gotten home from the final tour of the Beastland album cycle and I spent a couple weeks updating my overall tones with a nice balance of sub, saw/synth and tube amp. This track was basically the one where it all clicked and I had these chords that resonated just right, shaking the entire warehouse. It’s a simple but raw progression that was ripe for the addition of melodic guitars, as well as synthesizer programming from myself and co-producer Jason Begin [VYTEAR]. Lyrically, it’s about escape and survival, as the events that were unfolding in 2020 were prophesied by the books I was reading throughout the year.”