Sables is the impending new full-length from Brooklyn, New York-based experimental collective VAURA. Featuring Josh Strawn (Azar Swan) on vocals, guitar, and synthesizers, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) on guitar, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot) on bass, and Charlie Schmid (Tombs) on drums and electronics, VAURA‘s first output since 2013’s lauded The Missing engages ever more with their UK and German prog/art rock influences to grandiose and eerie effect.
In advance of its release next month via Profound Lore, Post Punk is currently streaming “The Lightless Ones,” noting, “Since their inception in 2012, [VAURA] has carved out a unique space in the metal spectrum, drawing heavily upon black metal, Peter Gabriel, Gene Loves Jezebel, and Fields Of The Nephilim, just to name a few (but not limiting ourselves to these) touchstones. What continues to drive the band is their ever-expanding sonic palette – while some artists choose to create genre pieces that are borderline pastiche, VAURA has always explored new territory and challenged perceptions, while at the same time creating some of the most interesting, ear-catching records this side of the spectrum. ‘The Lightless Ones’ continues this trend, with all members channeling the emotion and atmosphere of Talk Talk’s The Colour Of Spring in the span of five minutes.”
Sample “The Lightless Ones,” alongside an extensive interview with Josh Strawn courtesy of Post-Punk, at THIS LOCATION.
Sables will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats via Profound Lore on April 26th. For preorders go to THIS LOCATION where first single “The Ruins (Hymne)” can be streamed.
Sables serves as VAURA‘s most refined and contemplative release yet. Introspective and somber, the record finds the band shedding much of its post-metal heaviness in favor of experiments with brooding kosmische musik and the more avant-garde elements of new wave. While still retaining the distinctive and specific style carved out on the band’s first two releases – Selenelion in 2010 and the The Missing one year later – Sables is the all-vital third LP, a concise collection of meditative compositions on endings and extinctions. Brilliantly complemented by the mixing and production work of legendary UK producer Peter Walsh (Scott Walker, Peter Gabriel), VAURA has delivered their best sounding, most intricate and realized album yet.