METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett has launched a music video for his solo track “Excessive Plains Drifter”. The monitor opens the second aspect of Kirk‘s debut solo EP, “Portals”, which can arrive on April 23 by way of Blackened Recordings throughout digital platforms, on CD, and as a File Retailer Day-exclusive ocean blue vinyl EP (together with a obtain card). The animated clip, directed by AWESOME + modest (Bo Burnham, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, “U2: From The Sky Down”), creates an ever-morphing psychedelic dreamscape that completely enhances the track.
That includes contributions from Edwin Outwater (with whom Kirk had beforehand collaborated on METALLICA‘s “S&M²” live shows and releases), Jon Theodore of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (and Kirk‘s THE WEDDING BAND bandmate), members of the LA Philharmonic and extra, “Excessive Plains Drifter” shares a singular inspirational relationship with the 1973 cinematic basic of the identical title. The track, Kirk explains, “was not meant to be particularly music for that movie, nevertheless it was as soon as it was written, I instantly thought it conveyed the identical sentiment because the movie, so the piece was christened accordingly.
“The music for ‘Excessive Plains Drifter’ initially got here from a flamenco piece I had written,” he continues. “It was a two-and-a-half-minute piece, and I actually preferred it, nevertheless it was a kind of riffs that might be laborious to combine into METALLICA. I knew I wished to do one thing with it, though it got here out spontaneously. I had been sitting exterior messing round with a flamenco acoustic guitar I would just purchased, and it flowed out within the second. I used to be decided it will have a life. It will have its second.”
True to its title, “Portals” is a group of gateways to musical and psychic locations. Recorded all over the world, from Los Angeles to Paris to Oahu, “Portals” is the results of Kirk‘s life’s journeys and an invite to faucet into your individual internal world. Closely influenced by classical music, soundtracks, horror films, and perhaps just a little Ennio Morricone, Kirk wished the EP to span the a long time and contact upon all of the horror he loves. The concept behind the EP was to have all of the songs circulation into one another, so he relied on an entire solid of his pals to file the 4 songs.
Produced by Kirk, “Portals” is comprised of the songs “Maiden And The Monster” and “The Jinn” on aspect A, adopted by “Excessive Plains Drifter” and “The Incantation” on aspect B. The latter two have been co-written with Outwater, who additionally contributed keyboards and led the orchestral gamers from the LA Philharmonic on “Portals”.
Different acquainted names amongst the “Portals” gamers embody drummer Abraham Laboriel, Greg Fidelman on bass, Emmy-winning arranger Blake Neely and Bob Rock.
Says Hammett: “Initially, earlier than I even had the thought for a solo EP, I used to be impressed by the necessity to create some type of soundtrack music to accompany The Kirk Hammett Assortment for the primary ‘It is Alive’ exhibition on the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, 2017. I wished to conceive music to play on a loop within the background as individuals walked by way of the exhibit. I sat down one evening with a development, and earlier than I knew it, all of the elements have been there for ‘Maiden And The Monster’.
“The preliminary idea for ‘Portals’ began with that one track. Following that, I noticed I might create totally different soundtrack moments. These songs are what I name ‘audio cinematic’; I am creating sounds and items of music for the films enjoying in my head. Hopefully they will create films in different individuals’s heads similarly.”
“Portals” shall be out there to order on the Met Retailer and the Probity U.Ok. store on Saturday, April 23.
Picture credit score: Ross Halfin
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