I think we could call this day of our dark lord Traumatic Tuesday. Why you ask? Well after watching the latest video from the instrumental post-metal, prog rock and jazz fusion dynamic duo that is Sarattma with the track Sciatic Haze, you could very well feel sonically traumatised from both the sound and vision you’re about to bear witness to.
Taken from their current album Escape Velocity which was released in August last year by Nefarious Industries, James Bullock in his review stated, ‘Sarattma fill in the gaps with energy, ranging from crazed solos over thick, earthy grooves to sci-fi themed twinkling harmonics’, then about the album, track and video for Sciatic Haze, drummer Sara Neidorf reveals…
‘Escape Velocity is a lot about illness and pain as an alien invasion of the body, and the journeys one has to go through in coping with that. While Matt and I wrote and recorded the album, my mother had stage 4 cancer, and I was coming to terms with that and preparing for grief. Sciatic Haze is definitely one of the darker tracks, one that reminds me of doctor’s visits, side effects from medication, witnessing rapid change to the body. As part of my processing through these times, I was also relating my feelings about invasive illness to my own physical problems, such as the chronic pain in my lower back that I’ve had for more than ten years, and even if it’s not killing me, it does take over my life sometimes.’
Neidorf continues, ‘Along with editor/director Anastasia Cazabon, we gathered some archival footage that juxtaposed the body, invasion, medical examination, interplanetary travel, takeover, and changes of physical state overlaid with heavy machinery. It’s a lot about overwhelm, the extremes that our bodies go through via pain and illness, the attack from within, and then how medical procedures and chemicals can feel like another form of invasion, even when they’re supposed to be what will heal you. Although there are plenty of good things to say about physical existence, sometimes having a body can be horrific and otherworldly.’
Now click play below to transcend into the uncompromising turmoil that is Sciatic Haze…
More On Sarattma & ‘Escape Velocity’
Philadelphia-based instrumental/progressive post-metal duo Sarattma is drummer Sara Neidorf (Mellowdeath, ex-Brian Jonestown Massacre, Aptera) and guitarist Matt Hollenberg (Cleric, John Frum, John Zorn, Titan To Tachyons).
Escape Velocity sees the duo delivering an entrancing, psychedelic, apocalyptic journey through extra-terrestrial landscapes and an intricate fusion of modern improv, punk, jazz, djent, avant/psych-rock, and prog, calling to mind the works of Frank Zappa, John Zorn, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dysrhythmia, Don Caballero, Stinking Lizaveta, and more. Their visually arousing music is a cinematic space punk anthem for those grimy enough to have survived the end of days.
Dedicated to Jill Neidorf (1957-2020), Sarattma’s Escape Velocity was recorded in July 2019 at Black Spine Studios, mixed and engineered by Matt Hollenberg with additional mixing from Steve Roche, guitar re-amping engineered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios (The Dillinger Escape Plan) and mastered by Colin Marston at The Thousand Caves (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts). The striking cover artwork was created by Caroline Harrison and the layout handled by Erich Kriebel.
While the members are currently separated by the Atlantic Ocean, tour plans on US soil are being contemplated for later this year. Stand by for updates in the months ahead.
Escape Velocity Tracklist:
01. Escape Velocity
03. Sublingual Excavation
04. To Touch the Dust
06. Sciatic Haze
07. Twilight Realm Of Imaginary Notes
Sara Neidorf – Drums
Matt Hollenberg – Guitars, Bass VI, Bass
Escape Velocity, the current album by the prog and jazz dynamic duo Sarattma is out now through Nefarious Industries and can be purchased on black vinyl as well as digital download over on Bandcamp.