Out April 15 via P.W. Elverum & Sun, pre-order here
P.W. Elverum & Sun (record label owned by Phil Elverum of Mt. Eerie and The Microphones) is thrilled to announce the release of the long lost artifact known as Half-Eaten Guitar, the only full album ever recorded by the Swedish-Canadian musician/ sorcerer known as Wyrd Visions (also known as Colin Bergh of Toronto). Stream the newly remastered album in its entirety a week ahead of release over at Pitchfork.
Wyrd Visions is a Toronto-based band founded in 2005 whose sole permanent member isColin Bergh, performing live and in the studio with Matt Smith, Owen Pallett, Jennifer Castle and members of Grizzly Bear.
Without a dedicated name for the project, his first choice was Wyrd Sisters, inspired not by the original play but specifically by the 1948 adaptation of Macbeth by Orson Welles, but it was already taken by a Canadian folk-singing all-girl group. He decided on Wyrd Visions, a closer description of the content of the music, a bleak inner psychic landscape of isolation, remoteness and solitude. (Wyrd is a concept from Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon cultures roughly corresponding to the ideas of fate or personal destiny. It carries connotations to the supernatural and portentous, and developed into the word weird.)
Half-Eaten Guitar was completed the following winter and released in the spring of 2006, in time for a tour with Final Fantasy (now Owen Pallett) and Grizzly Bear. Since then Wyrd Visions has shared stages with Earth, Om, Mount Eerie, Omar Souleyman, White Magic, Baby Dee, Thrones, Mick Barr, and many others, performing in Toronto, Montreal, New York (notably for Jeremy Laing’s S/S 2007 presentation at New York Fashion Week), and the Pacific Northwest.
Colin Bergh graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a degree of Graphic Design in 2009. Since then he has been working as an art director and graphic designer and is currently Creative Director of Bad Day, an arts and culture quarterly. He runs a weekly karaoke night in Toronto.
[P.W. Elverum & Sun]
Street Date: April 15, 2014