Old World | New Ruins

by Ionian Death Robes

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Old World | New Ruins is the title of the first EP by Ionian Death Robes. The songs propose to dismantle regressive systems of power and control by disrupting melancholic, classical washes of drone with dissonant distressed instruments. They are a means to reconcile internal and external spaces in order to create a home in which we feel safe to cry and hear ourselves cry. They search through a world in turmoil: through the awakening of a nuanced, emotional language that oscillates between ferocity, despair, longing, anger, eroticism, determination, hope and vulnerability. The tracks draw on ritual, memory and passages of quiet reflection as a way to emerge from what Tiara Roxanne calls an "atmospheric fog" which can be both destabilising and debilitating.

Berlin based poet and scholar Tiara Roxanne contributes a vocal recording of her poem 'FWIW' to the song titled ‘A Prayer For The Body’ which echoes a line from the poem. Roxanne describes the relationship between the words and the original instrumental composition as a “lingering levitation of post heartache waving away a poltergeist.”

These versions of 'RUIINS' and 'Hallows' were developed under the mentorship of Caterina Barbieri during a residency with Amplify Berlin in September 2018.


Artwork by Isabel O'Toole
Special thanks to Caterina Barbieri, Shub Roy, Philipp Hülsenbeck and Daniel Copeman.

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released January 30, 2019

flute, arrangement: Abigail Toll
violin: Laury Achten
poetry: Tiara Roxanne

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Ionian Death Robes Berlin, Germany

Ionian Death Robes takes its cue from atmospheric, doom-inspired soundscapes. The live shows often assume various solo and collaborative formats that draw on the dialogue between the discordant distressing of violin, flute and confessional chanting.

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