May 30, 2020

Karl Blau & The World of Dust: Blue Herons

Three years ago American indie musicians Karl Blau (The Microphones, Laura Veirs, Earth and LAKE) and shared the bill with Dutchman Stefan Breuer (The World of Dust, Combo Qazam, Lost Bear) at a gig in a windmill in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Breuer had been a longtime admirer of Blau's work and they kept in touch.

Since they are always busy doing countless projects it took awhile to turn their regular talks into a collaborative project of sorts. Blue Herons, a split 7" with Blau's take on the Pounding Serfs'song Slightly Salted and The World of Dust's The Life of Gods, is their first release. Both tracks are about places of residence and the need to feel safe there. In Breuer's case he looks back at both Hoograven, a place that made him and his family extremely uncomfortable, before finding peace in Bilthoven. Blau grew on Samish Island, a former island in Washington, that is shaped like the head of a blue heron, which made a good title for this special pairing of lo-fi underground folk artists who are joined at the hip through their music.

Blue Herons is released thru Tiny Room Records as a limited edition 7″ (200). Release date: June 5. Both songs were premiered on Louder Than War.

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