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BARREN HARVEST
SUBTLE CRUELTIES”
EDITION: 1000 CD, 500 LP (100 with real decaying autumn leaves pressed into the vinyl / 250 metallic gold / 150 audiophile black)
CATALOG NUMBER: HB-071
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2014
AVAILABILITY: BUY NOW

Barren Harvest is a somber, ethereal collaboration between Lenny Smith (Atriarch) and Jessica Way (Worm Ouroboros). The music composed by these two creative veterans is cold and bright, pierced by measured silence and whispering tones, swells of synth, haunting guitars and autoharp. Dark, refined neofolk meets ambient post-punk in a ghostly fog as dual voices lament lost loves, decaying flesh, and Nature's fragile beauty.

The Northwestern duo have found a home on the eclectic roster of Handmade Birds, and plan to release their debut LP, 'Subtle Cruelties,' come March 25, 2014. The album will be available on CD and LP and come graced by elegant artwork by Kevin Gan Yuen and photography by Veleda Thorsson and Jessica Way.

Barren Harvest came to life shortly after Smith and Way first met in 2010. The two have traveled to record and write together ever since, first releasing a demo in 2011 before recording their upcoming first full-length and a set of EPs, which will be released by Black Horizons.

'Subtle Cruelties' is a deep, affecting album, laced with old poetry. The album is shot through with portions of the Tennyson epic "In Memoriam," a meditation on loss and the death of love. The album's title itself is rooted in Sufi poetry: "The idea to release an album called Subtle Cruelties came from a lyrical line from the first song we wrote together, “The Bleeding”, which was inspired by a poem called “The Silent Articulation of a face” by Rumi," Way explains.

The world is cold, the reaction masterful.

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