LVTHN – Black Lake Now Available

The latest release from Scottish Dark Ambient project LVTHN is now available in only 100 copies from Paradigms Recordings. Titled “Black Lake,” this haunting, four-track release is inspired by the many lochs of Scotland, and is dedicated to the memory of author Clark Ashton Smith.

LVTHN mastermind Gaendaal provided me a little more detail about this particular work:

Black Lake is the first LVTHN release since Sentinel Hill, which itself was directly influence by Lovecraft (specifically ‘The Dunwich Horror’). Work on Black Lake started shortly after Sentinel Hill was finished but continued in fits and starts, often being shelved in its entirety for some time. This continued, with elements constantly being stripped back and then rebuilt, until I started re-reading the old Panther paperback collections of Clark Ashton Smith stories. I came to understand that while Sentinel Hill was meant to be a narrative based on the experience of a silent protagonist, Black Lake needed to be more ‘otherly’. This reflects my belief that while Lovecraft’s stories explore the experience of humanity in an unfeeling and cruel universe, they are still ultimately human stories. Clark Ashton Smith, on the other hand, revels in the cosmic itself and for its own sake. I wanted Black Lake to be something the listener was involved in and for them to feel a sense of dislocation when ripped away from; Clark Ashton Smith’s tales of explorers lost in time & space, sometimes human but often not, gave me the frame of reference to create that.

At the same time, I’d started to make trips out to the wilds of Scotland where you are never far from large bodies of water. I grew up around the lakes of the North of England and it struck me that there is a difference between English lakes and Scottish lochs which is not merely semantic. Lochs are wild and untamed, ancient and malevolent. Stories of creatures inhabiting English lakes have faded away over the years – Jenny Greenteeth and Peg Powler rarely leave their watery domains these days – but Scottish lochs thrive with life, even if you remove the tourist trap of the Loch Ness Monster. Yet it is the feeling of the lochs themselves, swathed in mist or raked with winds, that Black Lake tries to capture. On a dreary, Autumn day it is not hard to stand on the silent shore of a mirror-still loch, looking out into the thickening fog, and think to yourself that you could find an old rowboat, set out for the opposite shore and find yourself…elsewhere

Black Lake can be ordered here.


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