Guardian Alien will be playing a number of European dates this April and May.
Guardian Alien is a freewheeling ensemble coming into its own, having found just the right balance between structured arrangements and wild abandon. Helmed by Greg Fox, who has lent his percussive force to the likes of Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, and Liturgy, the ensemble was initially an extension of his solo music (GDFX). It rapidly took on its own identity and expanded to a core group of Greg (drums, vocals, electronics, arrangements), Alex Drewchin (vocals, synth), Turner Williams Jr. (shahai baaja), Bernard Gann (guitar and also of Liturgy), and Eli Winograd (bass), all of whom have lent their expansive talents to numerous other projects.
Guardian Alien's Thrill Jockey debut, See the World Given to a One Love Entity, is a 40 minute psychic/psychedelic meditation that is driven by an intensity that is at once expansive, focused, and heavy on multiple levels. The overall arc of the album is transportive and trance inducing. The cover artwork painted by Turner Williams is based on a specific and particularly weird experience of Greg's. It mirrors the music in its open-ended playfulness and true psychedelia.
To say that the music of Guardian Alien is also meant to be an experience is an understatement. According to Greg, See the World Given to a One Love Entity is about opening the heart, healing, forgiveness, and visualizing and manifesting a new global compassion. Guardian Alien was very much born of the live performance so it is fitting that their first fully conceived album was recorded at Shea Stadium, the band's spiritual home, which is run by Greg's cousin Adam. It was mastered by Heba Kadry at the Lodge (Wooden Shjips, Eternal Tapestry). See the World Given to a One Love Entity is a single composition with a strong, singular vision. It is the culmination of a band coalescing as a group while heedlessly delving into the depths of the psyche driven by their core desire to expand their horizons, both musical and otherwise.
Guardian Alien's 'See the World Given to a One Love Entity' is out now on Thrill Jockey Records.
European Tour Dates:
Fri May 24th Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
Wed May 29th Geneva, Switzerland - L'Ecurie
Thu May 30th Paris, France - La Cantine
Fri May 31st Rouen, France - Le 106 w/ F**ked Up
Sat Jun 1st Brighton, UK - The Prince Albert
Sun Jun 2nd Cardiff, UK - Undertone
Mon Jun 3rd London, UK - Birthdays
Wed Jun 5th Diksmuide, Belgium - 4AD
Fri Jun 7th Dresden, Germany - Discorporate Festival
Sat Jun 8th Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazzhouse
Sun Jun 9th Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
Tue Jun 11th Berlin, Germany - Westgermany
More dates to be added soon
Listen to Guardian Alien's 'See the World Given to a One Love Entity (Part 1)' here: