This June, the mighty Asva reassembled to perform their essential album Presences of Absences for the first time live. The group, led by Stuart Dahlquist and featuring his brother Adam, Nick Hudson, and Toby Driver, played at Subterranean in Seattle on June 22.
Here is live video from that show of the album’s title cut. Simultaneously majestic and vulnerable, bombastic and subtle, the piece slowly builds from an enveloping organ swell, a sweet and somber melody rising from the soft drones. Percussion and bass pummel beneath choral voices intoning the sounds of loss and longing.
This is heavy stuff, folks, and well worth 25 minutes of your life.
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