What You Don't Know Is Frontier

by Asva

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As the title suggests, Asva's second album maps an internal landscape - wild, vast, open - at once breathtakingly beautiful as it is potentially dangerous. A psycho- geographical vista of mountain highs, barren rolling plains and oceanic lows.

Helmed by Stuart Dahlquist, formerly of Burning Witch, Goatsnake and Sunn0))), and recorded with the cream of the Pacific North West's rich musical talent, including members of Burning Witch, Mr. Bungle and Earth. This is a lyricless album of immense personal meaning to its creator, giving a very real sense of catharsis for both listener and performers alike. But there's also real hope and resolution at its core.

“Like Carl Orff covering Winter... It reminds me of the first time I heard Mozart’s Requiem, or Gould’s Goldberg Variations. The music has a punishing sort of beauty, an inflicted aesthetics that hands the hearer no choice. “ - Stewart Voegtlin (Oaken Throne zine)

“What You Don't Know Is Frontier is about rebirth... about
that light at the end of the tunnel. Amen.” - Stuart Dahlquist


released June 6, 2008


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