Mathair is a 10" vinyl EP from Mothlite, the brainchild of Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver, Aethenor, Miracle etc), featuring four new tracks plus a remix of Seeing In The Dark, a piece from 2012's Dark Age album.
Dark Age, the follow-up to 2008's The Flax Of Reverie, was rated as one of the top 50 albums of 2012 by The Quietus, who described it as, 'a startling, frank examination of the human (and perhaps especially male) condition delivered via synth bombast and towering choruses'. The NME stated; 'listening to 'Dark Age' can feel like sensory immersion... the album transcends genre, yet takes elements from the dark shadows of industrial rock and the glitch of electronica...it's a beguiling affair', while Wire noted that 'O'Sullivan is steadily carving a niche for himself as a highly accomplished avant-pop polymath.'
1 Dawn Lake
2 Mother Spider
3 The Tree With Red Fruit
2 Seeing In The Dark (Grumbling Fur Entity Reunion Mix)
Promo for 'Seeing in the Dark', by Kristin Bøyesen
Stream the new single, 'Seeing in the Dark' here
Seeing In The Dark, the new single from Mothlite, is released on Kscope on August 13th. Mothlite is the brainchild of Daniel O’Sullivan (Ulver, Æthenor, Miracle ,Grumbling Fur) and the single is taken from Dark Age, the band's second album which was released earlier this year on Kscope.
Daniel and Knut chat about Dark Age's music and artwork
Daniel and Knut perform 'Milk' from 'Dark Age'
Daniel O’Sullivan' second album under the Mothlite moniker is OUT NOW. ‘Dark Age’ is the follow-up to 2008’s ‘The Flax Of Reverie’.
Having spent a lot of time recently working as a collaborator with Æthenor, Miracle and Grumbling Fur as well as his much acclaimed work as part of Ulver, O’Sullivan felt it was time to return to Mothlite so as to work on something unequivocally personal:
“All the other things are collaborations and there’s a communal interest, but with Mothlite the content is quite personal and to do with me. It’s quite easy to neglect, particularly when you’re in a bit of a shit storm as I was the past couple of years.”
"This is prevalent in the lyrical content, which denotes a catharsis throughout a period of hysteria and emotional turmoil". He describes ‘Dark Age’ as “Dark megalomania, contradictions and paradoxes, and general bleakness”, yet rarely does such subject matter get delivered with the soaring pop aplomb as on the album’s twelve tracks, flitting from sparkle and rumble of ‘The Blood’ to the epic washes of ‘The Underneath’ and beyond.
The album has allowed O’Sullivan to break free from the confines of genre, taking influence from the likes of Tears For Fears and Kate Bush from his parents’ record collection through the industrial and gothic textures of DAF, The Cure, Coil and Dead Can Dance to the hardcore punk of his own personal roots. Indeed, O’Sullivan’s use of contradiction within the style of the record is a very deliberate choice: “If it was too bleak, with melancholy overriding the whole thing, then I’d counteract it with a huge chorus or huge hook” O'Sullivan's chief collaborator in Mothlite is Norwegian producer Knut Jonas Sellevold (Elektrofant, King Knut). Arranger, composer and beat-maker of the highest order.
Now the album is done, O’Sullivan is ready to move onto new things. “To be honest, I’m really glad that it’s over,” he says. “I felt like I couldn’t move until I got that out there.” As well as plans for a new Mothlite record, this forward surge includes exploring “ideas and schemes” as to how ‘Dark Age’ will transfer to the road. “Now that the drama has played out and everyone can see what it is, I can almost do a theatrical version of the scenes within. I don’t want to look as though I’m crying down the microphone night after night if we go on tour. I’d rather have a show.”
Seeing In The Dark
Something In The Sky
Daniel and Knut discuss 'Dark Age'
Promo for 'Something in the Sky', taken from Dark Age, directed by Adam B Daniels
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