Italian experimentalists EPHEL DUATH have posted the song "Hole IV" from their upcoming album "Pain Remixes the Known" on their MySpace page.
"Pain Remixes the Known" is a collection of remixes of the tracks that appeared on the 2006 album "Pain Necessary to Know".
Commented guitarist Davide: "The way we designed the previous album, 'Pain Necessary to Know', left room for a lot of new interpretations, or remixes as is the case here. The initial idea came from Earache's Dan Tobin, and it seduced us straight away. We were on tour at the time and therefore had enough spare time on the road to discuss about all this and we all arrived to the conclusion that slowing down the BPM of 'Pain Remixes the Known' to a dubbish rhythm would be a slight risk that had the potential to become a thrilling experience."
He continued: "Two years ago, ambient-dub guru Eraldo Bernocchi contacted us just to congratulate us for our work and ended up inviting us to dinner. Eraldo is a guitar player, producer and electronic musician. He's got more than 20 years of musical career and 75 full lenght albums spanning many different audio and visual projects with artists and musicians from all over the world. Some of his partners and collaborators are Bill Laswell, Mick Harris, Toshinori Kondo, Thomas Fehlmann, DJ Disk and Harold Budd. He scored various soundtracks, just to mention a few 'Nirvana' and 'Denti' of the Oscar prize winner Gabriele Salvatores. Among his remixes he counts Almamegretta, Prince Paul/Jungle Brothers, WordSound, Robert Miles, AFA, The Maldoror Project and many others ranging from dub to metal and drum and bass. A brilliant artist, basically.
"So Lucio and I went to Tuscany where he lives and a lot of ideas regarding possible collaboration came up that night. After a few months Eraldo asked us to compose a song with him for the 20th anniversary of his band SIGILLUM S. The song came out real PINK FLOYD-ish, with spoken words as well as the typical EPHEL DUATH appeal added to the ambiant guitar of Eraldo.
"Some time went by and our friendship developed, and at some point Dan Tobin's idea for the remix album came up and we immediately thought of Eraldo.
"The whole album, 'Pain Remixes the Known', has been composed by Eraldo in his home studio called The Place with the help of collaborator and singer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari."
"An EPHEL DUATH fan knows that the band is shapeless. We think that 'Pain Remixes the Known' is an extremely important experiment that can help the band widen the scope of its fanbase and can surprise whoever is used to our sound. Just listen to it and see for yourself."
"Pain Remixes the Known" is scheduled for release on July 23 via Earache Records.
EPHEL DUATH will play at Hellfest this weekend in Clisson, France (Sunday, June 24 on the Gibson stage). They will also tour with THE OCEAN in August and September. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Aug. 30 - Rosenkeller, Jena - Germany
Aug. 31 - Gladhouse, Cottbus - Germany
Sep. 01 - Hell in Brno Fest, Brno - Czech Republic
Sep. 02 - Art Klub, Trnava - Slovakia
Sep. 03 - Easy Festival @ Backstage, Munchen - Germany