The Shelter Press co-founder's latest features a 19-minute collaboration with Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley.
The 11-track LP was "crafted while pregnant on tour, in impersonal hotel rooms in foreign cities," says the press release. During this period, Atkinson sought to connect herself to the world "with small gestures: recording my voice, recording birds, a simple melody."
The full-length uses field recordings from Tasmania and the Mojave Desert, as well as gong, vibraphone and marimba. Atkinson was influenced by three French classical compositions from her childhood—"Maurice Ravel's 'L'enfant Et Les Sortilèges', Debussy's 'La Mer' (for its union of narration and music) and Erik Satie's 'Gymnopédies' (as an exercise in negative space, irony without cynicism, and 'melody with doubt')"—as well as Ikebana flower arrangements and "women who wander, dream and create vacant spaces with their art."
The 19-minute closing track, "Des Pierres," was one of the few pieces recorded in a proper studio and features Sunn O))) guitarist Stephen O'Malley.
Listen to album track "Shirley To Shirley".
02. Moderato Cantabile
03. Shirley To Shirley
04. Un Ovale Vert
05. You Have To Have Eyes
06. Linguistics Of Atoms
09. Open / Ouvre
10. L'enfant Et Le Poulpe
11. Des Pierres
Shelter Press will release The Flower And The Vessel on July 5th, 2019.