2019, Youngbloods (US)
“Embedding classical-tinged piano and wordless vocals within a thick mass of electronics and field recordings makes the group's sound instantly identifiable and goes a long way towards distinguishing a fully realized recording such as this one.” - Textura
“The open-ended nature of a sonic tapestry is fertile ground for contemplation. On It Billows Up, humanity meets the rest of nature and is given a musical score: disparate forces forming a fragile harmony." - A Closer Listen
2017, Home Normal (JP)
'An utterly affectionate and adorable aural apparition, ‘the things we let fall apart’ emerging frosted and fragile, delicately sculptured in thawing ice tones, the symphonics delicately shy eyed and whispered are breathlessly beguiled by a graceful neo classical hush, the effect really is entrancing as it is teasingly brief, sitting somewhere between a very youthful Mum and Smile Down Upon Us. ‘thunderswan’ over on the flip is expressed with the kind of poise and musical poetry that shimmers and twinkles to those early post YMO outings from Ryuichi Sakamoto, its minimal toning sweetly gathering to blossom into caressing cinematic crushes dappled in surrendering sepia hazes, a most exquisite and rarefied thing of bewitching beauty.' - The Sunday Experience (Mark Losing Today)
"Gentler than its predecessors, Patterns for Resonant Space threatens to crumble at a touch. Melting easily into one another, these 10 mostly brief songs spotlight field-recorded crackle and reversed piano tracks. The band often seems to be caught in the act of simultaneously disassembling and reassembling its own dreamed-in compositions." - Raymond Cummings on Pitchfork
2016, Palaver Press (US)
A documentation of our 2015 performances (specifically what we had prepared for our 2015 Asian Tour and a good example of our evolution from previous recorded material.
Recorded at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC in 2015 by Irene Trudel for WQXR / Q2 Music.
2014, Palaver (US) // Ricco Label (JP)
Sontag Shogun’s immense debut full-length album, “Tale”, compiles three years worth of composing and directed textural improvising, molded into nine concise musical statements. They have been experimenting with songform and traversing nostalgic emotional territories, quietly honing their craft alongside collaborators across disciplines such as video, film, dance, performance and poetry. Primarily making use of a grand piano, field recordings, tapeloops and digitally treated vocals, the trio has discovered a unique niche that straddles identifiable genre boundaries. Repetitions of phrases, digitally glitched-out melodies, superimposing practice takes with studio takes. Call this album modern classical, ambient, new age, Sontag prefers their own nomenclature: lullanoise.
2013, Palaver (US)
Sontag Shogun's EP preceding their debut full-length. Featuring a wide scope of their compositional styles, from minimal "pop" vocal heart-break lament "Let the Flies In" to the scattered sonic postcard "Gekheid Op Een Stokje". It is also the first work they had pressed to vinyl in a compact 10" format.
2013, Palaver (US)
A small collection of works recorded and edited between 2010 and 2013, bundled for Palaver's digital-only releases. A "solo" release that features prominently violinist HUNTER JACK (of CLOUD BECOMES YOUR HAND, [the] SLOWEST RUNNER [IN ALL THE WORLD]).
Sontag Shogun's beginnings were lodged in a progressive post-rock sextet that explored the landscape of instrumental music. Influenced by bands like Godspeed, You Black Emperor, Mono and Explosions in the Sky. This is their only studio album and reached some critical cult acclaim before disbanding the same year it was released.
2018, BirdWatcher Records
The unparalleled talent known as Liam Singer asked me to fill out his live band while workshopping the songs for Finish Him back in 2015. Three years later the songs were finally released in the shape of a beautiful, daring album where chamber-pop meets electro-noise. A very cool project that I am happy to be a part of. My favorite track is “The Devil”.
Contributed to Jeremy Young's "The Chants Beneath Project", 2015
The Chants Beneath Project is a living archive of newly commissioned sound works for 120 international sonic artists, each based on a unique single edition doublesided cassette-tape loop cut from Jeremy Young's 50-minute piece entitled, "Chants Beneath The Bed Of The Furnace Brook". These works are not for sale (except should the artists choose to release them) but will forever be freely available for listening. I was asked (by Jeremy) to contribute a track using the tape loop he sent to me and I came up with a meditative, chanty, psychedelic sound collage.
2015, Obsolete Media Objects
My dear friend and collaborator Lauren E. Walker released a tape of tracks she had worked on for a few years and we produced a track together during our time in Seoul. It is a simple thing but was the beginning of both of our urges to tour and collaborate more and outside our comfort zone. Listen to her amazing band NICE LEGS and tell me she is not the greatest thing on feet.