GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE present Dendritic, a collaborative, ambient album with several special guest musicians. The record is set for independent release in late April for Arbor Day – the holiday which celebrates and encourages planting and caring for trees — and the two acts will physically plant a tree for every preorder of the record placed.
In mid-January, Brooklyn-based Benjamin Levitt, aka, MEGALOPHOBE, travelled north to record source material for upcoming GRIDFAILURE recordings with founder David Brenner. However, the session quickly became an ambient, improv jam. As Levitt’s effects-laced accordion howled its sorrowful, sometimes scathing tones, Brenner fed random loops and elements of keys, synth, guitar, Theremin, didgeridoo, pedal effects, and more into the mix. After several hours of pseudoscience, within this bizarre mesh of tones, there remained a solid foundation for what is now dubbed Dendritic.
Following the initial session, nature/field recordings from several continents were brought into the mix, as well as contributions from several special guest musicians. Trumpet was provided to the track “A Corpse At Every Funeral,” courtesy of Mac Gollehon, who has played on over two-hundred gold and platinum albums, including records by David Bowie, Miles Davis, Blondie, Onyx, Duran Duran, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, and countless others. Guitar contributions were supplied by Liz Ciavarella-Brenner on “Phantom Climate,” Rob Levitt on “Divergence On A Finite Domain,” and Christian Molenaar (Those Darn Gnomes) on “Niche Differentiation,” and field recordings from Jon Paris (Rack) were used in “Coils Of Rope Still Sway From The Timbers.” A revision of GRIDFAIURE’s “Hostile Alchemist” – to which Levitt also contributed during these sessions — is delivered in, “Die Feindlichen Alchemisten mit Glocken,” which features guest vocals by Friederike Schüür. Dendritic is completed with and immersive, abstract artwork/layout by Emily Vanderpol of Infinity Things Studios.
Marking MEGALOPHOBE’s maiden release, and GRIDFAILURE’s second release of the year so far, the two acts will independently release Dendritic digitally on Friday, April 28th, in celebration of Arbor Day, with a cassette to see release shortly afterward.
With EVERY preorder, a seedling tree will be purchased the two artists will plant the trees throughout the NYC/Hudson Valley region.
MEGALOPHOBE is contributing to tracks on GRIDFAILURE’s upcoming Teeth Collection and Drought Stick albums, and will release new solo material in the coming months. Both artists are already planning a second collaboration, and will also begin performing live together this year.
The album featured on Sonic Attack Podcast on March 27th 2017