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"Pillars & Pyre" (EP) 12" vinyl


'Pillars & Pyre (EP)' is the second release from Dralms, a follow up to their 7" vinyl 'Crushed Pleats' EP that debuted in 2014.

All songs written by Christopher Smith and Dralms. Performed by Dralms. Dralms is Christopher Smith: lyrics, vocals and guitar in “A Slum of Legs.” Shaunn Watt: Drums and percussion. Will Kendrick: keyboards synth, and piano. Peter Carruthers: bass guitar. Andy Dixon: electronic beats and programming. Additional players: Rob Tornroos: guitar in “Pillars and Pyre”. John Raham: second drummer in “A Slum of Legs.” “Crushed Pleats Remix” by VEN N. “Crushed Pleats” written by Christopher Smith. Produced and recorded by John Raham at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver, Canada. Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering in Toronto, Canada.

Label design by Christopher Smith
Art work by Carson Cartier

Track Listing:

1. Pillars and Pyre
2. A Slum of Legs (B Side)
3. Crushed Pleats (V E N N.Rmx) [feat. V E N N]

Release date: May 19, 2015


Pillars & Pyre

With reverence, and in grandiose display, pillars rise up, pyres burn down. Everybody loves a spectacle. If we are compelled to observance of spectacular displays of veneration, even if in the shape of total evisceration into airborne particulate, it’s not by the words of a messiah come home. We’re wading through something we don’t see, something that is gently tugging and pushing us like invisible waves lapping at our hips, as we sway in tandem.

And how did you arrive here, whether your body is raised up or burned down? The master, the chorus, the fire, they have no agency here. They only tell you what you already know. You are where you are going to be, you arrived in that position at birth, and you will be held tightly. There is familiarity there, and you’re protective of that place that you occupy. It’s where you belong, it enfolds you, and comforts you, and the very system that supports it is venerable for offering you that comfort.

Pillars and Pyre questions the language of faith that served to justify our existence in a part of the world that is not our own, a language that continues to operate as a metaphor for our way of being, our sense of justice, of purpose and social organization. How far removed is this language from its source, from its intention? And how far will it lead us astray?

- Julia Aoki


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