Black Metal's Redemptive Arc

by Ruined Spirit

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Arriving on May 17th, the fourth edition of the DISPLAYSOLO series sees UK duo Ruined Spirit imbue longform electronic pieces with an innate organicism. Comprised of Jess Whelligan on cello and Andrew Hillock on guitar and electronics, Ruined Spirit have been recording music since 2015, spending years refining the emotional impetus and original expression of their work before joining with SYMBOLS for their first official release in the form of Black Metal's Redemptive Arc.

Comprised of two 15 minute sections, the release takes a uniquely ornate approach, flitting between baroque and crystalline modes on three part opener “Upward Rain / Jubboko / Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story” before gesturing at lost futures and a quick two minute ablution to end the composition on “Black Metal's Redemptive Arc / Orchid Wash”.

Recorded in between Barcelona and Manchester, each composition takes on particular psychogeographic qualities, merging personal memory and outward expression into a singular output. Elements of both pieces will be familiar to denizens of those two cities, but Black Metal's Redemptive Arc naturalist perspective will surely entrance a far wider branch of experimental music fans.


Written & recorded by Ruined Spirit
Recorded in Barcelona & Manchester during March 2018
Artwork & design layout by Joey Butler AKA Kid Smpl
Mastered by Kastle


Ruined Spirit is:
Jess Whelligan - Cello
Andrew Hillock - Guitar & Electronics


released May 17, 2019


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DISPLAY Seattle, Washington

DISPLAY is a record label curated by Kid Smpl that aims to showcase long form musical explorations. Guest artists are asked to create original works with a single constraint: a 10 minute+ run time.

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