After the critically acclaimed 2020 album “Love & Ashes”, Blood and Sun return with “Ochre (& the collected EPs)”: a new EP complete with bonus tracks. Available on relevant formats as of March 31, 2023.
Written by Luke Tromiczak and performed by a rotating group of musicians from across the United States, Blood and Sun are known for dark and haunting songs drawing heavily from Americana and neo-folk – likely to appeal to fans of everything from Of the Wand and the Moon and Steve Von Til to Wovenhand and Echo & The Bunnymen.
The A-side consists of the “Ochre” EP – four new tracks recorded in rural America between 2020 and 2022. It was produced, mixed, and mastered by legendary American producer Bob Ferbrache. “The collected EPs” on side B include “The Confession”, previously available only on Brave Mysteries’ digital sampler “Communion of Saints”, as well as two sold-out releases: the 2016 split with Brittsommar and the “Cain's Orchard” EP from 2018.
Formed in 2011, the group has received international praise for its dark, brooding, and gothic songwriting. Blood and Sun thematically wrestles with personal tribulations intertwined with metaphysical and pagan currents, delivering soaring and haunting melodies extolling the heroism and tragedy of life, its joyous excess, and the vertigo of fate.
These songs mark new workings and collaborations in the pursuit of joy and purpose against isolation and serfdom peppered with a dose of existential dread. “Ochre” was conceived in rural New England and executed at various home studios across the United States during the years of lockdowns and unrest. I am excited to show you its lush sounds as instrumentations and arrangements have widened and the approach to each song presented here varied.
I am also honoured to be able to share – for the first time in analogue format – “The Confession” from the “Communion of the Saints” compilation alongside our previous EPs.
1 - Ochre
2 - Wellspring
3 - Crossroad
4 - Crown
5 - The Confession
6 - At Rest
7 - Cain’s Orchard
8 - Lavender Letters
9 - The Hunt and the Fall
Release date: March 31, 2023
Formats: CD, LP, Digital