Step into this overgrown, densely green world where the moss has taken over. The lush splendour that once was is a ghostly memory encased in damp and darkness. Rotting trees with gnarled branches loom in the shadows. Sprawling and crooked roots jut out of the earth like claws reaching forth. The streams that once fed the root system are now stagnant pools of dark green matter, producing spores and feeding back into the sprawling chaos. This is The Green Decay.
After a short hiatus Everyday Dust returns with his second album for Sparkwood Records - The Green Decay. Tape effects, analogue synthesisers, organ, vintage keyboards and transformed sounds are brought together to create a moss-covered landscape of strange fiction. Heavily influenced by outings to the darkest, murkiest overgrown corners of the forests that surround his home - and inspired by tales of Lovecraftian horror - The Green Decay is Everyday Dust’s most profound, strange and eldritch work to date.
“Decidedly eerie and compelling” - Ramsey Campbell
“Just like The Principality of Dustland, it yearns for stories to be told alongside it.” - Elan Samuel, Igloo Magazine
“Everyday Dust uses all manner of sounds, electronic and otherwise, to evoke damp, shadowy forests filled with deformed entities and poisonous flora… Muffled, horn-like tones, woozy synthesizers, and shuddering organs ooze forth like grotesque convulsions from the forest's center… Everyday Dust's second album for Sparkwood Records conjures an overgrown and out-of-control world where one enters at one's peril.” - Textura
“The Green Decay is daring, inventive, even daunting… a vivid journey through spacious and dense atmospheres revolving around a plethora of synthesized sounds. Signature dusty organ passages are present, but are now accompanied by a vast array of wild modulations. Carefully implemented field recordings, musical percussion, and meticulously crafted sound design tie each track together to form a thematic story into the cyclic process of growth and decay in nature.” - Utu Lautturi, Heathen Harvest
“It’s a carefully crafted soundscape and although it created a feeling of dread and darkness, the creativity and amazing use of synth sounds cut through that layer of emotion.” - Adriana Ciccone, Echoes and Dust
Some words from Everyday Dust:
"This album started out as a musical interpretation of moss and algae, and initially had a minimal and ‘scientific’ quality. However, the creative direction of the album changed considerably after reading the collection of short stories The Inhabitant Of The Lake and Less Welcome Tenants by Ramsey Campbell. The atmospheres evoked in his descriptions of the forests and lakes and the horror within was captivating. I drew a parallel between the moss-inspired sound canvas I was developing and the dark forests described in his stories.
During the making of this album I explored the strangest darkest corners of the forests and lakes that surround my home. I documented the moss, lichen, tree roots and foliage for visual inspiration, as well as making field recordings - some of which are woven into the music you hear. Somewhere in the back of my mind those eldritch tales of horror resonated. I was reminded of a phenomenon described in one of Campbell’s stories… The Green Decay."
Everyday Dust MMXVI.
Special thanks to Darien Panama and John Lemke who offered their ears and support during the making of this album.
Utmost thanks to Martin Drust and Drust IV, Panama Fleets, Utu Lautturi, Oberlin, The Elephant Frame, Tafanda, Western Skies Motel, Elan Samuel, Zenjungle, Stationary Travels, [MIIIIM], Above, Convenience Store!, nil.co
, Dead Melodies and all my other friends at Sparkwood Records.
My love and appreciation to Jo and Capt. Clinton Mackelpiece-Nickleby for their continued support.
Finally a massive thank you to Ramsey Campbell for inspiring the narrative for the tracks “The Green Decay” and “Colossus”.