As someone who’s written about underground music for the past decade, there’s nothing more exciting for me than a really fucking dope cross-genre collab. Such is the case with the new track from EMPRESS x THEGN. It’s a stunning sonic piece that takes Empress’s ominous doomy sludge and layers it with Thegn’s dark, soul-rending noise. “Libations (THEGN Remix)” is dedicated to the memory of Empress family and band member Brendan Gunn, and it’s an amazing tribute. It feels like a journey through the mire of grief. There’s an unbelievable heaviness to this song, but although it feels like it might crush me, there’s a glimpse of hope that reminds me of the strength I’m building as I carry it. Like there’s a place I’ll eventually reach where I can put some of the burden down, with the knowledge that I’ll always carry some of it with me. Very excited to share this premiere of “Libations (THEGN Remix)” with you below, and make sure to pick up the full Libations release here.
In loving memory of Brenden Gunn.