When: Sat., Aug. 2, 10 p.m. 2014
Based in New York and Berlin, Dana Schechter is best known as a key member of Bee and Flower, a band working the same vein of sensuous, morbid gloom as gothy songstresses Cat Power and Julee Cruise. In the one-woman project Insect Ark, she retains the gloominess and the morbidity but dumps the indie-rock trappings, substituting the numb thud of something that sounds an awful lot like metal. The 2013 Insect Ark EP Long Arms (Geweih Ritual) is three tracks of evil drone and hiss, sometimes scouring your ears with the tortured demonic howl and scritching whine of black metal, sometimes nodding along to the stoned, psychedelic thrum of doom, sometimes sweeping atmospherically like a monstrous changeling Sigur Ros. Fans of artsy heaviness a la Sunn O))) or even Gnaw Their Tongues will find a lot to love, and admirers of Bee and Flower’s ominous cabaret won’t necessarily be disappointed. Insect Ark maps the bleak, ambient landscape where goth and extreme metal meet—moans of endless despair over lost love blend at their tattered edges with moans of endless despair at eternal torment. —Noah Berlatsky Insect Ark also plays the Neon Marshmallow Festival on Thu 7/31.