Corvid Canine and a Darker Shade of Noise
**Content Warning: descriptions of and references to the sensitive topic of depression/suicide.**
What I love about 自害したい, the new LP from Augusta artist Corvid Canine, is that he never backs away from the strange. Instead, this release plunges the listener into an exploration of despair, “reflections on regret, self-loathing, and the fragile will to live”. This makes for a much darker entry in Corivd Canine’s discography, but one whose tracks retain his fast-paced and very angst-ridden sound. With a title that translates to, “I want to commit suicide”, this album provides a more gothic feel that opens the door to a different side of emotions than other releases. I felt compelled to reach out to the artist, not just to let him know that I enjoyed this walk along the shadowy path, but also to check on his well-being.
“I appreciate the concern dude, thank you for that. The long-story-short is that I'm OK”. Phew… alright, that is what I expected, but you never know. I asked him about the inspiration for the album and why it had come about now. “There's a lot to unpack about this release, but the slightly longer story is that I've wanted to make a release dedicated to the subject of suicide and depression for a loooong time. These are things I write about fairly often in my music (I've a history of manic depression and attempted suicide many years ago), but I just wanted to try to let out some of what I felt in a concentrated blast… Again, I'm fine, this batch of tracks was just a bit of an outlet for some of my less-than-savory thoughts and emotions.”
We also talked about the legendary forest in Japan known for suicides, “Aokigahara”, and if that had any influence. “While it’s definitely an influence and a place I want to visit, the main influence for the atmosphere of the album is actually Silent Hill 2”, which is an amazing and utterly creepy game and a legend all on it’s own. The influences of game elements come across particularly well in the way the artist used random rolls of dice to determine the scales and time signatures used on each track. While this method makes for very distinct transitions, all this random action is still handled with exceptional smoothness, without any interruption in the flow.
You can find this album by Corvid Canine on his Bandcamp page, along with his many other releases. The tracks on this and most other albums are less than two minutes long each, so it’s a quick dip into dark madness that works very well for any Halloween playlist, or even your everyday one, if you’re like myself.