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Written alongside and as a follow-up to "Disambiguation", Cruel Diagonals’ "Pulse of Indignation" is a mighty next leap in Megan Mitchell’s musical trajectory. Whereas, for Mitchell, "Disambiguation" was about sense-making and uncovering some of the traumas surrounding Mitchell’s early musical career as an adolescent and young adult, "Pulse of Indignation" is about recognizing the exploitation, grooming, and pain that she was subjected to as a young woman under the watchful eye of men with power in the music industry. It's about harnessing the righteous anger, repulsion, and indeed, indignation, at the proliferation of these experiences for young women and non-men. If "Disambiguation" was about mourning the loss of Mitchell’s self-volition through uncovering layers of previously obscured suffering, "Pulse of Indignation" is about moving through to the next stage and owning the narrative she projects into the world.
released January 11, 2019
All tracks written, recorded, and mixed by Megan Mitchell at home in 2018
Artwork by Megan Mitchell
Mastered by Kevin Durr
Special thanks to: Amir Abbey, Maren Atherton, Sarah Badr, Hanna Benn, Alex Bond, Nicole Carr, Cecilia Corsano-Leopizzi, Randall Dunn, Kevin Durr, Natasha El-Sergany, Glenna Fitch, Aidan Hanratty, Monika Khot, Lily Kosmicki, Jeff Kuykendall, Jake Muir, James Murphy, Sam Parker, Samantha Pease, Suzy Poling, Dave Segal, Samantha Sermeño, Aloiso Wilmoth, Patricia Wolf
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I have to admit I'm a bit late to claire rousay's works (having only heard a few of her pieces prior to this), but this album is really special. While brief in runtime, its hypnotic combination of field recordings, string sections, and voice notes feels unresolved emotionally yet wholly realized as a bed of compelling sounds. Strikingly beautiful atmospheres on this one, and I look forward to going back and seeing what I've missed out on in rousay's oeuvre. Alec L. Critten