I’ll forever associate Her Name Is Calla with The Silent Ballet. We would never have heard The Quiet Lamb without Sophie’s post on the TSB forum, but much more, that September 2010 LP could just as easily been named The Silent Ballet, with its prolonged whispers and soaring climaxes. And sadly, the future of both are in question. Her Name Is Calla have recently shed two founding members, while Jordan Volz’s post-rock review site is reduced to a shingle and an inactive Twitter feed.
But if we can’t have the whole, we can always have the sum of its parts. Patrick has named Weikie’s Raise Our Sunken Ship album as among the best of the year, and Tom Morris (recording as T.E. Morris) has released a mountain of solo material since January 2011. And You Were The Hunter, which is available digitally and in CD format, drops today.
Morris’s songwriting compresses the HNIC sound somewhat: the silences are not nearly so long, the denouements are not quite as orchestral, and the tension is somewhat less palpable. Stream it at the Bandcamp now. Try the steady, but steadily-reaching “Provenance.” Try also the crashing “After The War Ends.”
UPDATE: What is it with me and Her Name Is Calla retractions? Morris wrote us last night,
assuring us that the band was five members strong again “within a few weeks” of Weikie’s departure, and that we can expect two albums next year. These are great news.
UPDATE: And by “Weikie” I of course meant Thom and Mike. Coming up next, I probably have the name of the album wrong.