Thor Harris interviewed about Thor & Friends by CHAOS CONTROL Published on October 22, 2016
Having spent five years as the touring percussionist for Swans, Thor Harris has launched a new, very different project called Thor & Friends. Heavily influenced by minimalist composers, the rhythmic instrumental songs are built around such instruments as marimba and xylophone. Other instruments and sounds come into play, often bringing an experimental edge to the music, but the compositions are never allowed to get too cluttered. The result is a catchy, whimsical sound that would appeal equally to those seeking out avant-garde music and those who are afraid of it. Thor & Friends recently released a self-titled debut album and are currently out on tour. In a phone interview, Thor discussed the project. **read the full article HERE
Thor & Friends reviewed by AUSTIN CHRONICLE Michael Toland, Oct 21st, 2016 HERE
Thor & Friends live session at KUTX HERE
NPR.org ALL SONGS CONSIDERED listen HERE
Thor Harris (Swans/Shearwater) forms Thor & Friends BROOKLYN VEGAN HERE
PITCHFORK Swans' Thor Harris Readies Album With New Band Thor & Friends HERE
"The song “Medieval” immediately conjured these archaic images of alchemy and sorcery. I was drawn to the paintings of 15th century Dutch and Flemish masters of light, imagining what might be sitting just outside of the frame of those perfectly placed fruits, goblets, and dead animals. It is always so perfectly placed, ritualistically laid out upon the table. At the same time I was deep into the life of Jim Henson, listening to his biography as I built the props. I thought about his source imagery, his perspective on light and dark, his obsession with folklore and of course, puppetry itself and his mastery of it.
To me, Thor is the embodiment of both the male and female energy, the heavy darkness and the overpowering light. Easily the strongest, most masculine man in my life and at the same time, the kindest, gentle should you will ever come across. I imagined this video to be capturing the birth of the spiritual alchemy of his ancestors, that special duality coming into existence hundreds of years ago. It is the only way I can define in my mind how an individual like Thor made his way into this world.
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