Withering Presence is a Pittsburgh ambient artist whose most recent release, a split tape with New York’s Pallid Bloom called Their Verdant Reclamation, was inspired by time spent within Allegheny Cemetery.
The music that Withering Presence contributed to Their Verdant Reclamation takes the form of three faded synth dirges that are both lachrymose and peaceful at the same time. “Glaucous Emanations from the Sundered Stone Cross” distills the Withering Presence sound into its purest form. A single, glinting drone note underpins a grainy, melancholic chord progression; that’s pretty much it. Despite the paucity of bells and whistles, the track is truly heartrending.
Check out more from Withering Presence here
I’m sure that the sadness of “Glaucous Emanations from the Sundered Stone Cross” hit a little harder due to the bizarre and uncertain situation in which we’ve all found ourselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t want to stray too far from music with this aside, but it’s become clear that the (undoubtedly warranted) mass closures and cancellations are having, and will continue to have, a negative impact on the artists and creatives that rely on shows for income. Please consider buying music and/or merch from your favorite local artists.
In the days and weeks (and possibly months) ahead, make sure to look out for each other, especially the most vulnerable among us. American culture may stick the “rugged individualism” crap on a pedestal, but there’s no time for that right now. Our government may have failed us, but we can still help each other by being cautious, thoughtful, and empathetic.
Bored In Pittsburgh will continue to post content (mostly) every day, because there’s still plenty of music out there.