Last month, we found out that Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou had teamed up for a new full-length called May Our Chambers Be Full, the latest in a Sacred Bones pairings that have spawned collaborations between Uniform and the Body and Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky already. We got one track from it at the time, “Ancestral Recall,” and today they’re back with another, the spindly and raw and 9-minute-long “The Valley.”
Here’s what Rundle had to say about the track:
The Valley is a place. A landscape that lacks vistas and perspectives. An analogy for unrelenting, crushing mental illness, physical pain, addiction and the isolation that can arise as a result of these diseases. There is a choice one must make once initiated into The Valley’s fold; to press on living where no hope will ever show itself or to dissolve into its bleak grayness. On the journey, remains of those who came before us and succumbed are visible. Instead of hope, we turn to anger and defiance for fuel and with those we fortify ourselves. The ending doesn’t resolve, but successful escape from The Valley is unlikely.
May Our Chambers Be Full is out 10/30 via Sacred Bones. Pre-order it here.