Lustmord’s Harrowing New Album Employs 10 Years of Recordings of Deep Space Activity

Vicariously experience the infinite dread of outer space on ‘Dark Matter,’ out September 30.
August 8, 2016, 5:30pm

Decades into his career, Lustmord still knows darkness. Three years ago, the dark ambient wizard released The Word as Power on Blackest Ever Black, a 73-minute journey through a desolately hellish landscape of demon chants. This past weekend, the Welsh producer announced Dark Matter, his first album since then, and shared a brief preview medley that shows the sort of terror you can expect. According to his Soundcloud (via Resident Advisor), the record's dread is "derived from an audio library of cosmological activity collected between 1993 and 2003"—a decade's worth of representations of space sounds.

Though NASA's raw recordings tell you what you might already expect—the void of space sounds terrifying. It's a fitting––and literally limitless––resource for Lustmord's brand of fuzzy bleakness. The man born Brian Williams—no relation to the NBC guy—successfully invokes an dauntingly unfamiliar atmosphere in lieu of melody. Although he's apparently not done so effortlessly—since he first mentioned this project in an interview in 2001. Enjoy the full realization of Williams' 15-years-in-the-making, science non-fiction record on September 30 on Touch, and listen to "Dark Matter Medley" below.

Decades into his career, Lustmord still knows darkness. Three years ago, the dark ambient wizard released The Word as Power on Blackest Ever Black, a 73-minute journey through a desolately hellish landscape of demon chants. This past weekend, the Welsh producer announced Dark Matter, his first album since then, and shared a brief preview medley that shows the sort of terror you can expect. According to his Soundcloud (via Resident Advisor), the record's dread is "derived from an audio library of cosmological activity collected between 1993 and 2003"—a decade's worth of representations of space sounds.

Though NASA's raw recordings tell you what you might already expect—the void of space sounds terrifying. It's a fitting––and literally limitless––resource for Lustmord's brand of fuzzy bleakness. The man born Brian Williams—no relation to the NBC guy—successfully invokes an dauntingly unfamiliar atmosphere in lieu of melody. Although he's apparently not done so effortlessly—since he first mentioned this project in an interview in 2001. Enjoy the full realization of Williams' 15-years-in-the-making, science non-fiction record on September 30 on Touch, and listen to "Dark Matter Medley" below.