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Forest Mourning is the project of Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska guitarist, Chris Watson, who has traded a full band approach for a more minimal, experimental affair. The new release, Death In Glendale is two tracks that take you on a journey, well more a contemplative meander, through a dark soundscape of textural drone and haunting folk-like melodies that have been created from guitar drones, a bed of subtle vocals and field recordings from a forest. 
Death In Glendale will be released on the 29th May on Cassette via Panurus Productions and Infinity Mirror Records and Forest Mourning will perform alongside 20 Gilders, Stealing Kittens and 1727 at The Old Police House, Gateshead on Friday 31st May. We asked Chris a few questions to find out more.
 
Where did the idea for Forest Mourning come from? 
The name is adapted from a song title by The Myrrors called ‘Mountain Mourning’. Other than that, I was just a way to do gigs when my full band couldn’t play.
 
How would you describe your sound?
Explorative guitar with elements of throat-singing, field recordings and looped drones.
 
Tell us more about your latest release.
The latest release ‘Death In Glendale’ is a conceptual piece based on mourning for places I spent my childhood. One place being the woods I used to spend time in as a kid being pulled down.
 
What was the recording process like? 
It was all recorded in my flat capturing from the room sound so you can here movement and such.
I used leaves, knives, screwdrivers, singing bowls and pieces of wood to play the guitar.
 
Are you looking forward to the show at TOPH on 31st May? 
Yes.

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