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Pelican Offshoot Chord Releases New EP

By Jon Graef in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 19, 2011 6:40PM


If you're looking for an ethereal, yet ominous, listening experience to accompany you on these rainy October days, look no further than the new EP from Chord, a high-concept ambient offshoot of Chicago post-metal band Pelican. Chord, a five-piece featuring Pelican band member Trevor Shelley-de Brauw, released their new EP, titled Gdim13, in late September.

According to Chord's bandcamp, the EP was originally conceived as a lock-groove vinyl EP--meaning that the EP, in the band's words, "would provide chords that never end, each side containing an extreme variation of the same chord -- one very raw, approaching noise, the other very minimal, approaching pure ambiance."

Indeed, the first track is beautiful, and serene, while track two is harsher, though not as raw as one might think. While Chord have yet to release the EP on vinyl, the stream of the EP perfectly captures the musical continuity. Listen below:

In Pelican news, the band recently debuted a new, Black Sabbath-esque song at an Empty Bottle show, which you can watch below.