Grumbling Fur are Daniel O’Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, a London duo channelling the psychedelic discordia of Spacemen 3 and the early dystopia of Depeche Mode.
Now on to LP number three – last month’s shimmering Preternaturals – the pair have cemented their sound with strings, electronics and haunting vocals that coalesce under surfaces of reverb and decay.
Billed as their ‘pop’ record, Preternaturals’ fragmented opening sequence with creaking doors and echoing chimes belies the synth melodies and fractious choruses that follow.
Released through The Quietus’ label The Quietus Phonographic Corporation, it also features an unlikely guest appearance by The Charlatans’ front man Tim Burgess on the track Lightinsisters.
Although Grumbling Fur is a relatively new entity for Daniel and Alexander, their creative collaboration is not: they’ve known each other since their teenage years and have been playing together nearly as long.
Alexander has also released three cosmic solo albums for Thrill Jockey, which explore the deeper reaches of space and time.
Meanwhile Daniel is best known for fronting the Norwegian metal and experimental outfit Ulver and his own Mothlite project. He’s also worked with Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley on the improvisational project Æthenor.
Now, Alexander and Daniel are joining forces with Turner Prize-nominated artist Mark Titchner on Rose, an immersive four-channel video piece for the Roundhouse’s upcoming Illumination Festival.
Inspired by the interrogation techniques found in the now-declassified CIA Kubark Manual, the esoteric piece will feature fast moving images and text and will be performed live by the pair on 6 November.
A live slot at Swn Festival’s upcoming mini-event DimSwn in October will precede their London outing.
With all this going on, Grumbling Fur prove that mining the faultlines between jazz, post-rock, metal and electronica never fails to deliver aural gold.