Listen to Her Nostalgia on Bandcamp here (https://civc.bandcamp.com)
Oakland spiritual goths Catharsis For Cathedral have released the mystically potent, impassioned Her Nostalgia EP, their most personally powerful and vulnerable recording to date, through Bandcamp (https://civc.bandcamp.com). The trio, built around vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and chief songwriter Charlemagne Charmaine, features William Korte (Brasil) on guitar, bass, drums, and backing vocals as well as Vanessa Robinson (ex-Blood Sister) on bass, drums, and backing vocals.
Often held aloft by dynamic, impassioned vocals that captivate with a vulnerability present in only the most smouldering of emotions, Catharsis For Cathedral spurns definition and confounds genre. A cursory listen touches on influences as diverse as goth rock, new age, jazz, psychedelic rock, punk, grunge, neo-folk, post-punk, medieval and Renaissance music, krautrock, progressive rock, and even classic sci-fi television scores. When pressed for specific influences, Charmaine offers up a music aficionado’s dream team of artists before clarifying, “There’s some underlying aesthetic of extremes; intensity, death, passion, loss, and longing juxtaposed against exquisite beauty and an almost idyllic, pastoral idealism in a lot of what I listed. A kind of manic duality that definitely speaks to my own manic ways and my more spiritual, Gnostic side.”
Charmaine also serves as Catharsis For Cathedral’s lyricist, exploring universal and social themes as well as matters of a deeply personal nature including her history as an adopted child. In spite of a closed adoption process, Charmaine was able to find and contact her birth parents after a 5-year search; an experience that comes through heavily on Her Nostalgia. “The best word to describe the tone of the EP would be ‘Hiraeth’, a Welsh word that I came across that has no real American translation, but spoke to me deeply,” explains Charmaine. “It can best be described as ‘homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed.”
Catharsis For Cathedral are currently developing a music video for the title track from Her Nostalgia for release in February 2015. Later in 2015, the trio will be releasing new music that is already in the mixing stages. Meanwhile, Charmaine and Robinson will be releasing the debut album from their synth collaboration, Cassandra, in early 2015. Catharsis For Cathedral play Atlas Coffee Company in Santa Rosa on Friday, January 30th with L.A. Witch. You can catch the full live experience in the summer of 2015 when they embark on their tour of the West Coast United States.
Bandcamp – https://civc.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/catharsisforcathedral
Official Site - http://www.civcmusic.com