Steve Von Till shares “The Spiraling Away” track and accompanying video, appearing on his forthcoming ambient album A Deep Voiceless Wilderness incoming April 30 via Neurot Recordings.
Josh Graham has created an ambient rendering of the video to accompany this voiceless version. The single is also available on all the main streaming sites from today. Last weekend, Steve Von Till debuted A Remote Wilderness – an exquisitely captured live performance of new album material (with a few older songs) and spoken word pieces – as part of Roadburn Redux. There are plans to launch the footage over the coming weeks, more details to follow soon.
Steve Von Till has made a life’s work out of seeking the elemental. With a solo discography that stretches back more than two decades, he has toiled in a shadow realm, peeling back layers of reality in a never-ending search for true meaning and raw emotion. A Deep Voiceless Wilderness strips back the veil even further. An achingly beautiful ambient work with neo-classical leanings, the album is a hallucinatory and elegant rumination on our disconnect from the natural world, each other, and ultimately ourselves.
For some listeners, the album may recall the work of modern composers like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Brian Eno or Gavin Bryars. For Von Till, it’s about surrendering to the spirit of place—and to the original intent behind his 2020 solo album, No Wilderness Deep Enough. That album marked a significant first for Von Till: It was his first solo record without a guitar in hand. Instead, Von Till intoned powerful and thought-provoking lyrics over piano, cello, mellotron and analog synthesizers. A Deep Voiceless Wilderness is that same album without Von Till’s words.
“This is how I originally heard this piece of music,” he says. “Without the voice as an anchor or earthbound narrative, these pieces have a broader wingspan. They become something else entirely and unfold in a more expansive way. The depth of the synths, juxtaposed with the strings and French horn, have space to develop and allow the listener to imagine their own story.”