Ceremony is a darkwave/noise pop/shoegaze duo from Fredericksburg, Virginia. They rose from the ashes of the late-1990s NoVa shoegaze band Skywave. When that band split up, Oliver Ackermann moved to Brooklyn to found “the loudest band in New York” A Place To Bury Strangers, while Paul Baker and John Fedowitz started Ceremony. The band name is, of course, a tip of the hat to the Joy Division/New Order song of the same name.
Ceremony started in 2007 and they’ve released a couple of albums to date. They also have a brand new album coming out in two weeks. Just in time to burrow their way into year-end lists.
To be honest, I didn’t know this band until I started doing some prep for my own year-end lists. I’m not sure how I’ve been missing out, but I’ve already pre-ordered the new album and will eagerly await its delivery.
Today’s song is one of the two songs that have been released in advance of the December 17 album release via Moon Sounds Records.
There’s not much that I can say about this. It’s just fantastic blissed-out noise. Layer upon layer of sheer, beautiful noise. And just when you think that it can’t possibly be any more densely layered, there’s that amazing bit at 1:46. The shower of fuzzy pink noise. More feedback. More effects pedals. More knob twiddling. It’s amazing.
You can pre-order a physical copy of the new album from the bandcamp page. You’ll get immediate downloads of today’s song and the song “I Want To Kiss”.