Recitations started work on what would become The First of the Listeners in late 2015, after ideas and thoughts had built up and been discussed between the members for quite some time. The aim was to create unpretentious dark music in an experimental exploration of both unusual harmonies and patterns, as well as lyrical content, and this is what can be heard in its initial steps on this recording. Recitations consists of members from more or less known bands to the underground of black and death metal, but the band wants to keep the focus on the musical and ideological aspects instead of participating in the cult of persona, though without any pompous focus on anonymity for the sake of it. But let it be known that the four tracks which comprise The First of the Listeners brim with both ethereal vibrations and sepulchral exploration, deeply studied orthodoxy and outright sonic defiance, grim aggression and transcendental meditation. As such, Recitations altogether wield a wide swath of instrumentation, including guitars (electric, semi-acoustic, and acoustic), bass, bass synthesizers, drums, bells, percussion, samplers, analog synthesizers, digital synthesizers, sonic treatments, field recordings, vocals, and chants. It is the first magickal induction of Recitations, and is suitably titled The First of the Listeners. November 15, 2016 Guitars (electric, semi-acoustic and acoustic), bass, bass synthesizers, drums, bells, percussion, samplers, analog synthesizers, digital synthesizers, sonic treatments, field recordings, vocals and chants by Recitations. Recorded at Nordstern February 2016 Recorded, mixed and mastered by Recitations Artwork by Tryfar.
140gr black vinyl, single cover, inner black paper and outer sleeve, limited to 300 copies.