Sunday, June 21, 2020

Jesse Draxler | 'Reigning Cement'

In the pandemic summer of 2020, Jesse Draxler unveils Reigning Cement, an audio-visual project pairing a 100-page book of the artist’s location-specific photography and collage work with a collection of music created by over 20 musicians handpicked by Draxler himself. The list of participating artists is a veritable dream team of dark underground music: Chelsea Wolfe & Ben Chisholm, Greg Puciato, Dylan Walker (Full Of Hell), Eric Ghoste (Ghostmane), Vowws, Street Sects, Uniform, Exploited Body, Jaye Jayle, Gendo Ikari, Intensive Care, Virgin Mother, Lisa Mungo (Fucked & Bound), O Future, Planet B, Portrayal Of Guilt, Reeko, Shifted, Thirst Church, TR/ST, Surachai, Virgin Mother, and Trentemøller.

The concept behind the audio portion of Reigning Cement was inspired by an experiment that Draxler participated in a few years ago, in which a group of collage artists were each given the exact same packet of visual assets with which to create a piece. Similarly, Draxler provided each musician on Reigning Cement with the same 34 sonic elements—all recorded in the noisy industrial environment just outside his studio on the edge of Los Angeles.

Reigning Cement comes as a hand numbered 2LP gatefold vinyl comprised of 22 tracks, and a beautiful 100 page photo book. First pressing is limited to 500 copies, and is available for pre-order immediately below.