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New Noise: Tongue Depressor – Fiddle Music Vol.2 (2018)

Tongue Depressor

New Haven based Tongue Depressor is the experimental noise duo of Henry Birdsey and Zach Rowden. Together they create ambient drone music with stringed instruments, particularly the titular fiddle of their recent releases.

Rowden comments: “The Fiddle Music series currently stands at two volumes, with each movement in the series dedicated to people involved in the Holiness Pentecostal movement at snake handling churches. This most recent volume covers Jamie Coots, a pastor who died by snake bite during a service, and Pierre Joseph Pelletier, a chemist who created strychnine, a poison people in these churches drink.”

Fiddle Music Vol. 2 features two 10+ minute movements of droning violins, played in perpetual unease. Throughout the tension of the dueling strings, there is a strange satisfaction in the duo’s ability to continuously dance around the fine line of discord and near-harmony.

Listen to Fiddle Music Vol. 2 by Tongue Depressor below: