Heartworn

by Mur

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Heartworn is a concept album based on the ancient ecological rhythms of North American animal migration and its related themes – recorded in the winter of 2015/2016 in an off-grid location in pastoral Minnesota powered with solar electricity and heated only with a wood stove.
  Mass waterfowl exoduses, desperate fish spawns, and the oldest, earthly symbols of snake life-cycles are among the focus of this work. Heartworn, is centered around the themes of migration, loss, and rebirth associated with the yearly life-cycles of endemic North American fauna (specifically symbolized in various bird, fish, and snake species).
Over the course of eight ambitiously crafted tracks it ranges between funereal folk yearnings, landscapes of gurgling, primordial funeral doom, contemplative Americana guitar stylings, emotive field-recorded experimentation, and black metal formed from large sky and titanic forests of golden tallgrass.

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"Recorded in a solar powered hut in the middle of rural Minnesota warmed only by a wood stove. Now that’s how you record an album of this style… it’s really these sorts of moments where Mur and Sather shine, in part due to the production values which allow the more organic natural moments to breathe."

- TEETH OF THE DIVINE

"Another great sounding recording from Mur. On this recording Mur retain a lot of the atmospheric black metal elements while also experimenting more with funeral doom, folk and americana to create a very original sounding album, the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording."

- 8/10 OCCULT BLACK METAL ZINE

"There are lots of small touches to Heartworn that help make it such an excellent album, but to list them would do an injustice to any interested listeners. Heartworn is one of the most powerful, evocative albums of the year thus far, and deserves to be recognized as such."

- THE SOUND NOT THE WORD

"Sather is truly finding his voice and spirit within Mur’s music, and that’s pretty obvious from what he creates on “Heartworm.” There are a lot of bands employing this type of sound right now, granted, but where Sather and Mur stand out is in what comes from the creator’s heart and is slathered across his music."

- MEAT MEAD METAL

"“Heartworn” is filled with majestic atmospheric passages, epic harmonies, being gentle and delightful at once and, from out of the blue, the songs turn into a raw, crude interpretation. It is dark, but beautiful and I dare to say, hopeful. It’s truly, truly touching. Glorious, but still calming. It is so much better when you listen to music that is actually honest, sincere, real."

- 9.8/10 METAL- MANIAC.COM

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released May 1, 2016

C. Sather - all instrumentation
C. Sather - artwork and direction

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Mur is reveling in the spirit of North American natural relationships. Athabasca flora & fauna.

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Track Name: Hollow Bones In The Millstone
Lost
Rain
Bone
Grain
Dawned
Bloom
Sun
Loom

Raise a soul, gold foal, slain faith, grey song, born in flight Praise!

Burn
Fog
Stay
Yolk

Cull
Fall
Cold
Call
Raise
Praise
Weeping sun!
Track Name: Cold Mountain
For fleece and for feather, turning the soil
Daughter wears the crown, father's holy toil
Darkened cloud, cold mountain uncoil.

Oh my brother, show me your blood
Oh my brother, show me your blood
Apple blossom, Jerusalem the flood

Joyful murmurs, ashes on the land
Joyful murmurs, ashes in my hand
Cosmic herd, polestar command!

Oh my sister, show me your face
Oh my sister, show me your grace
Mountain cold, terrified embrace

Mountain cold, cold blood disgrace
Track Name: Wheel Of Ashen Limbs
Rendered love
A quickening pull
A covened embrace
Bloomed
This winged chore
Glowing mirrors on the land

Across the air above the hill
A gathering of hearts
Our cult of gold
Lead my inner antistirrings

Terrible murmurs
Air bridges, whispered
A graceful mountain of limbs
I could drown in instinct

Serpent! An ancient line
Covered in fog and black ash
Seven - star salmon
Roe and egg

Run to sun
Waste the taste
Track Name: Migration Incantation (As Fog, As Gold)
Holy bone
A litany of honeycomb
Starving
Seething
An open maw as a tomb
Matriarch!
False
Door
Emboldened dawn
Crows
Gold
An oval code

Cut the hourglass ode
The urn is turning
On wings
And hollow strings
Guided by iron blood

Litany
Of fallen grass
Funeral
Tall grass laid down

Bleached bone and stone
Flight unknown
Eyes turn
Flock
Son of Enoch
Winter's knock
A month like broken glass

Sinew and skin
Grey begins
Golden veil of reverie
A wall
Snow falls
Toothed call
A sunken-eyed season
Track Name: Snakeskin On The Lake
Dusk
Lust
Sow
Foe
Track Name: Limbless Frozen Monarch
Withered
Cedar
Daybreak
Conquer
Track Name: Go Beyond The Sea And Still Bring Light To The Underworld (You Overrich Star!)
Light
It quivers in the air
My sighs are growing heavier
Bones exposed
Hollow womb
A growing few

Sumac
Red and black
Cottonwoods shake
Blood on ground
Running down
A circle on the wing and tail