Black Records is proud to debut Mother Of Lightthe epic first album by dark folk songstress Anne K. O’Neillbelow here Meander banner. As Meandermulti-instrumentalist and visual artist Anne K. O’Neill weaves a deep cinematic spell of gothic folk, combining elements of European folk music and neoclassical influences. Transfigured by her extraordinary, evocative vocal style, Meander’s Mother of Light is a lush saga. Unfastening her industrial roots, Meander sees O’Neill conjure monumental sonic narratives that are magnificently visual but fiercely vulnerable, her voice commanding an unconquerable presence. Emotionally charged, Meander sets the stage with songs of love and grief, magically distilled through eloquent landscapes of sound. Gothic classical neofolk or 80s-tinged neoclassical dark pop, only the listener can experience for themselves. Meander are that unique paradox, almost beyond genre, leaving you speechless and struggling to find words that can describe sheer beauty.
With nods to Jung, Battle, Camusand Krishnamurti, Mother of Light’s themes serve as a rumination on the meanings of life and death making this debut Meander album an opus of philosophical observation. Featuring accompaniments by Joseph M. D’Auria on drums, Dylan Desmond on bass, and guest appearances from Lorraine Rath, Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe, Kakophonixand Joy VonSpain, Mother of Light Together with artwork created by Anne K. O’Neill, Meander’s Mother of Light is an unflinching masterwork of artistry from cover to cover. O’Neill’s dark folk soundtracks, with her song-craft and voice bringing to mind Lisa Gerrard and Jocelyn Pook will appeal to fans of everything from Chelsea Wolfe, Darkher, Lindy-Fay Hella and Dead Can Dance to Emma Ruth Rundle, Enya, Mazzy Star and even Svart Records own Hexvessel. It’s hard not to believe that Meander is a prescient star whose moment has arrived. Mother of Light is a shining gem of darkness waiting to be discovered and explode into the mainstream. As explorer’s who have been there discovering many new artists as they emerge, take our word for it that Meander is one to seek out, to be there as the levee breaks. Allow Mother Of Light’s wave of life and death illuminate you.
The song is available via Digital Service Providers starting Friday 18th of march here: https://orcd.co/p7vp8pd
The album “Ancient Tomes Vol. 1: Mother Of Light” is out on CD, double vinyl and digital formats on May 20th 2022.
(Could be translated from Finnish)