The body is a machine that is fried and delicate. It cycles and thinks and it is saturated by consciousness. It convulses and excels. It is present and alien to us at the same time. Music is the interior of its forces. Pulses are in the cycles of its processes and the pulses should be slow. If the pulses are slow, then its rhythms yield thinking and an ability for collective consciousness, social change, total action. The cosmos is the body. It is the depth of love on the planet. The body is woven over a void. It is a machine that is fried.
Since 2016, IE has been exploring slow, heavy, long-form hypnotic landscapes. IE's past work has a focus on repeated melodic patterns where haunting vocals, both sung and spoken, appear intermittently. In a year when our drummer began suffering from a constellation of rare diseases attacking her immune and neurological systems as well as connective tissues, IE began exploring the desire for these slow and heavy beats as a source of transcendence - trying to cope with the challenges of living in a body, and trying to stretch beyond it.
This idea became the theme of the music in Junk Body. In generating new material, IE stretched three songs (tracks 1, 3, 6) Mariel Oliveira had written on a Casio MT-65 into longer forms, and wrote three more tracks collectively (tracks 2, 4, 5). The album features more guitar than past albums, and features vague shadings of country, doo-wop, and stoner metal. The songs on Junk Body shape the band's obsessive interest in repetition, drone, and heavy pulses around Oliveira's surreal style of singing to find a music that is searching for a higher plateau of life.
released March 24, 2023
Michael Gallope, organ and synth
Meredith Gill, drums
Mariel Oliveira, bass, vocals, saxophone, auxiliary percussion
Travis Workman, guitar and synth
All songs by IE. Additional songwriting on Pentagram by Bryan Reynolds.
Recorded by IE and Jason Edmonds at Trax Studios in Minneapolis, MN.
Mixed by Matthew Mehlan and IE
Artwork by Juliana Carlevaris
Mastered by Sarah Register