Old World | New Ruins

by Ionian Death Robes

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RUIINS 04:48
Hallows 09:14


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.”

The EP was produced in close collaboration with violinist Laury Achten. 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 and Philipp Hülsenbeck.


released January 30, 2019

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


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Ionian Death Robes Berlin, Germany

Abigail Toll is an English experimental artist and flautist who also performs under the moniker Ionian Death Robes. Her music blends microtonal tuning and multidimensional soundscapes that combine interdisciplinary methods such as sonification and collaboration to de-code and confront systems of power and bias through a transcultural lens. ... more

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