Sound Animal plays whatever it takes to get the Noise, including electric tennis racket, or a dulcimer played with a violin bow and run through distortion pedals.
Earliest influences include Romantic Era composers like the Russians Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, German Beethovan, Austrian Schubert (Winteirresse is proto-Doom), Norwegian Grieg, Finish Sibelius, Czech Dvořák incorporating folk tunes. These traditions gave way to the atonal Schoenberg, Webern and Berg and to the experimental, industrial Cage. Playing Romantic Era music on silver flute led to a scholarship. First Place at State contests singing Lieder in German with songs like Schubert's "Farewell, Our Love to Sever" and "Der Todd und das Machen."
Later, Krautrock became a particularly relevant influence for this album, because like some favorite Romantic composers, it was born in Germany, which is where the Kryrart label is based, though its founder is from the Ukraine and they often release music by Russians. While influences come from music from all over the world, the November album with that label has an icy timeless Eurasian folk tone.
NewSoundLand is forthcoming from its sub-label, Kryrart Ambient, which that releases international bands such as the excellent Sigil of Time and Alchon. Kryrart favors elements such as some harsh dissonance when appropriate amidst hypnotic melancholy slow beauty, aching for the sanctity of pristine wilderness.
Anton from Russian Kryrart label band Train to Elsewhere said in this fantastic interview: "The pagan traditions are an archetypal part (in a sense that Carl Gustav Jung would describe it) part of our collective unconsciousness, our culture. In a way they have been repressed for centuries, thus leading to trauma. Our idea is to free those archetypes." That got me thinking about freeing specific locations of events that remain there hovering like ghostly imprints. I realize that it's a strange goal for me to create the drama through imagination and then free it by immortalizing it, but there you have it! The dramas are representational of real things that expand beyond. The songs on that album all are mimicking painful but beautiful location-specific dramatic representative events.
Another album forthcoming is about death and destruction, with a strong Romantic Era background, is a response to our current dystopia. And EP Epigenetic Roadtrip comes from tuning into the DNA stories my ancestors tell, and they include the Melungeons: Native American/African/Celtic mixed blood.
Unrestrained by genre, the semi-feral Sound Animal is Post-Everything, with elements among the wide range of tunes including Drone Metal, Noise Rock, Avant-Garde Metal, Psychedelic Stoner Doom, Experimental Dark Ambient, Neo-Psych, Post-Metal and more. The poignantly simple guitar marches and dirges are countered by complex layered songs with explosions and soaring flutes, ominous monsters dimming the sun and trapping the world. Tunes drop you into the worlds of folk demolitions and ice-harvest dances under the Aurora Borealis. Have a world-is-doomed party and let out the digs!