there is light in the body, there is blood in the sun

by lux interna

Released by Pesanta Urfolk. 

Upon first listen, it might seem strange to call there is light in the body, there is blood in the sun a devotional album. But in many ways, that’s exactly what it is: each song is an altar woven from tapestries of minor chords, voices, delicate drones and violent sprawls of sound, offered up to house the haunting presence of a hidden god. While the lyrical themes and obsessive delivery provide the album with a sense of unity, musically and tonally its constituent moments are unique: from the ghost town drone of “nida,” to the strange Appalachian shamanism of “wounded stag,” from the tidal beauty of “blackbird” to the blackwater surf reverberations of “king winter,” "There is Light in the Body, There is Blood in the Sun" finds Lux Interna exploring territory only hinted at by their previous releases. Their new album evidences a dramatic musical shift marked by a heavier, more ritualistic sound. The songs here incorporate electric instruments, violin, viola, loops and percussion and are haunted by flourishes of ghostly banjo and resonant fingerstyle guitar. With intimations of the blues, folk music, and old time country weaving seamlessly into passages reminiscent of postpunk, neofolk, or even doom, Lux Interna seems to articulate a hazy vision of some long lost American spirit; a spirit that appears here in a dark form no doubt, but which may just hint at the promise of light, hidden within its deep shades of night.


Joshua Levi Ian ~ guitar, bass, banjo, vocals
Kathryn Mary ~ autoharp, hand percussion, vocals
Kris T. Force ~ violin, viola, cello
Jeff Linsenmaier ~ drums, hand percussion

With additional guitar & bass by Doug White

All songs and lyrics written by Joshua Levi Ian, with string arrangements by Kris T. Force & drum arrangements by Jeff Linsenmaier

Recorded in New York, California & Colorado: spoken in the voice of the Wounded Stag. 

Produced by Kris T. Force
Mastered by Dan Randall

Artwork by David V. D’Andrea

In memoriam, Kevin R. Sweet, 1969-2010. On Lazarus day, at the Bloodmoonstation, between the falling & the rising: one song left unsung, until we sing together again. 

With heartfelt thanks to Adam Collins-Torruella, Kris T. Force, Jeff Linsenmaier, Doug White, Rafal J. Felbur, Leila Abdul-Rauf, David V. D’Andrea, Joshua & Lina Sylvae, Andreas Diesel, Dieter Gerten, and to all the kind souls who took us in as wayfaring strangers, from Nida to Bounou: you are not forgotten. 

“the outer sun hungers after the inner one” ~ Jacob Böhme

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