Lights out, everybody.
On Miskatonic Mondays we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror it spawned.
This week, we're exploring the more musicial side of Cthulhu.
Dark and mystical, the nightmarish stories of famed horror author HP Lovecraft have been brought to life through Tui Award winning drummer/composer Reuben Bradley's latest jazz album "Cthulhu Rising," to be released this June in New Zealand and Australia.
First recorded in 2013 and premiered at the 2014 Wellington Jazz Festival, Bradley presents his haunting compositions to an Australian audience for the first time, accompanied by two-time Grammy-nominated musician Taylor Eigsti, and bassist Brett Hirst.
Inspired by the rhythm and tone of Lovecraft's Cthulhu series, "Cthuhlu Rising" is distinguished by rich melodies and striking angles, with a mix of electronics and improvisations adding an other-worldliness to the live experience. Showcasing a unique sound, Bradley's "Cthulhu Rising" accesses musical techniques quite different than his New Zealand Music Award (Tui) nominated album "Mantis: The Music of Drew Menzies."
"To me Lovecraft's ability to cascade a reader into unexpected places has distinct parallels in a more modern form of jazz."
Augmenting Bradley's dark, edgy beat, Taylor Eigsti's lyrical swagger spotlights a pianist/composer of well-established ability. Having worked with such musical luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, and Esperanza Spalding, Eigsti's accomplishments are immense. Matched by the serious musicality of bass player Brett Hirst there is a confidence within the trio which allows for both consistency and experimentation.
For more information about the album and tour, please visit www.reubenbradley.com/cthulhurising