Track Premiere: Un – ‘In Its Absence’

To wield, to balance something so heavy, and to do so with such skill as to make the heart shrink in its behemoth shadow . . . This is what monstrously morose Seattlite’s Un do with breathtaking grace on Sentiment, their sophomore album, and first to be released by Translation Loss. At four songs in just under an hour, Sentiment goes slow, but packs in so much emotion and splendor that the quartet seems to have bent space and time by alchemizing their pain into beautiful and soaring funeral doom.  

photo by Alvino Salcedo

Today we’re psyched to be bringing you an exclusive premiere of the opening number from Sentiment.

Says guitarist/vocalist Monte Mccleery: “‘In Its Absence’ is a song about battling depression and mental illness. It’s from the perspective of a person who believes that they would be incomplete without their emotional traumas and hardships. This thought process triggers a sense of panic in the person and causes them to further retreat within themselves rather than seek out help from healthy support systems. This song in particular is very personal to me and I think that a lot of other people in our community will find it relatable as well.

“While so many of our contemporaries choose to focus purely on the grim aspects of mortality, Sentiment is meant to serve as a token of gratitude in spite of the struggles of daily life. It is a deeply personal and intimate thing to share your art with the world, and we hope that everyone who holds this album or hears these songs feels like it was written specifically for them.”

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Khemmis, Primitive Man, Cattle Decapitation), and featuring the evocative artwork of Cauê Piloto, Sentiment is available on CD and LP formats September 28th.

Pre-order Sentiment now.