Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs. Here was my recommendation for August:
This month I recommend an album that came out last year but is new to me, Wizard Apprentice’s Dig A Pit. Wizard Apprentice is Tieraney Carter, and the first thing that seduced me about this album was her chillingly beautiful voice. But a deeper listen unveils the intricacy of the stunning instrumental accompaniment: sparse, yet perfectly arranged to highlight and heighten the vocals. And I love a good drone, which this album has plenty of. From the Bandcamp description:
“Dig a Pit is an autobiography based on a personal experience of intimate partner violence. It focuses on the psychologically damaging impact of narcissistic abuse, an elusive form of emotional abuse rooted in manipulation, control, well-concealed cruelty, and humiliation. Each song examines different stages of recovery, including the process of healing from gaslighting, trauma bonding, and victimization to practices of self-protection and honoring anger.”
More from Wizard Apprentice:
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