Lingua Ignota — „SINNER GET READY“ (Aug. 6, 2021/2 LP)
•ƒ• KRISTIN HAYTER. The classically trained multi~instrumentalist, performance artist, and vocalist known as Lingua Ignota has announced her Sargent House debut, SINNER GET READY. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Literary Art from Brown University, much of Hayter’s work is centralized around abuse. A survivor of domestic abuse for much of her life, her music seeks to explore survivor hood of abuse through the vantage point of rage and despair in leu of common approaches she views as „enforced patriarchal models of civilized femininity“. The follow up to her critically acclaimed break out CALIGULA, SINNER GET READY is an abrasive, unsettling portrait of devotion and betrayal, judgment and consequence, set in the derelict landscape of rural Pennsylvania, a neglected region deeply embedded with a particular god~fearing brand of Christianity, and where Hayter currently lives.
•ƒ• With SINNER GET READY, Hayter continues to build on the mythology she has created with CALIGULA and ALL BITCHES DIE but renegotiates and dismantles her own aesthetic language. She abandons any previous industrial grandeur and multi~genre approach, instead focusing on creating dissonance with traditional instruments of the Appalachian region, otherworldly vocals and congregational polyphony, subverting American primitive forms with avant~garde techniques and nods to modern composition. Lyrically, Hayter’s distinctive ability to weave the allegorical with personal trauma is further refined here, as intimate lamentations on abandonment and loneliness are carefully braided with references to Pennsylvanian Dutch lore, Mennonite treatises, calls to repent written on barns in Amish Country, and illuminated manuscripts from ascetic religious sects in Ephrata. SINNER GET READY was created with Hayter’s primary collaborator, producer, and engineer Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets in Rhode Island, with additional arrangements and performances from multi~instrumentalist and composer Ryan Seaton, and banjo~playing from J. Mamana. Otherwise, it is a solitary endeavor, where the listener is very much forced to contend with Hayter; raw, haggard, and alone.
Born: Del Mar, California in 1986
Location: Lincoln, Rhode Island ~ Chicago, Illinois
Genres: Neoclassical dark wave, death industrial, noise
Album release: August 6, 2021
Record Label: Sargent House
1. THE ORDER OF SPIRITUAL VIRGINS 9:10
2. I WHO BEND THE TALL GRASSES 6:29
3. MANY HANDS 5:15
4. PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE 5:47
5. REPENT NOW CONFESS NOW 5:48
6. THE SACRES LINAMENT OF JUDGMENT 5:22
7. PERPETUAL FLAME OF CENTRALIA 5:35
8. MAN IS LIKE A SPRING FLOWER 7:17
9. THE SOLITARY BRETHREN OF EPHRATA 5:12
Words by Tom Critten ⌊Aug 05, 2021⌋ Score: 9
•ƒ• The infiltration of the finer mechanisms of religion and spirituality into a musician’s artistic output is not uncommon, with Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and even Kanye West just some of the names well~versed in creating spiritual concept pieces that take a deep dive into the divine. With SINNER GET READY, Lingua Ignota plots a similar trail and makes use of her third full~lengther to survey the ascetic brand of Christianity that pervades the rural, Bible~belt~adjacent landscape of Pennsylvania where the artist also known as Kristin Hayter currently resides.
•ƒ• It’s a record born out of a period of turbulence for Hayter, as she stared down the barrel of a burgeoning pandemic, further compounded by the reverberations of a serious spinal injury sustained at a live performance, and its resulting surgery and recuperation. The unsettled foundations echo Hayter’s own Catholic upbringing and subsequent adoption of atheism, and across these nine tracks she creates a metaphorical ecosystem that ruminates on the impact of piety, rebirth, forgiveness, and catharsis.
•ƒ• Created with long~time collaborator Seth Manchester (Metz, The Body, Daughters), here Hayter transfigures her tried~and~tested sonic palette of previous Lingua Ignota works by swapping industrial onslaughts and abrasive aggression with traditional instrumentation originating from the ultra~fundamentalist environment. Sustained organ drones layered atop congregational vocals are haunted by recurrent leitmotifs expressed by subtle piano work, apposite banjo, and unsettling compositional techniques.
•ƒ• These carefully crafted aural selections allow the formation of allegorical worlds to explore the album’s thematic content. Specifically, tracks like ‘MAN IS LIKE A SPRING FLOWER’ explore love and abandonment through the scope of Mennonite treatises, whilst engaging her most tender and explorative, at times acousmatic, sounds of the record. Similarly, ‘PERPETUAL FLAME OF CENTRALIA’ studies resurrection and clemency, making use of words spoken by a disgraced evangelist, as it tenderly unfolds with delicate piano and gentle vocals.
•ƒ• SINNER GET READY is an uncompromising and often unsettling assessment of religion, but not outright damnation. Instead, an allegorical mirror is assembled using impressive songcraft and informed themes to display the conflict, duality, and divergence often present in the sacrosanct. Despite its theological bearings, this is no self~indulgent enlightenment project. It’s no less urgent, or immediate than previous works, and alongside flexing her multi~hyphenate musical capabilities and assertion as a visual and artistic auteur, Lingua Ignota once again exceeds expectations.