It’s no secret that The Guest, You’re Next, and Death Note director Adam Wingard is a gifted musician — just listen to his score for his Blair Witch film. But today Vehlinggo premieres something particularly noteworthy: “Tumbling Black,” a song from his hypnotic and surreal upcoming debut solo LP, Past Life Regression. (You can pre-order it on vinyl tomorrow at noon Central (Austin) time via MONDO/Death Waltz, which is releasing it on its Death Waltz Originals imprint Nov. 16.)
“Tumbling Black” is one of the most haunting cuts on the album. It’s a nearly six-minute short-film for your ears that, as the title suggests, feels like an alarming and not terribly seamless journey back through one’s past lives. Electric Owl Creative’s video visuals add a layer of disturbing beauty to the journey.
About Past Life Regression
Wingard’s Past Life Regression has an interesting backstory. Those who believe in reincarnation might simply wonder who they were in a past life or they may dive a bit deeper and go through a ritual that reveals the answer. Even those just looking to have fun will sometimes unexpectedly find some new revelation about themselves.
For Wingard, his past life regression process centered on a deep hypnotic state that inspired the album’s innovative, electronic blend of cinematic and ambient music imbued with a deeply personal experience that adds a new layer of transcendence to that mixture. You feel like he’s scoring your own past life regression journey.
The inimitable Death Waltz stalwart Luke Insect provides the album’s stunning visuals, interpreting carefully and artfully Wingard’s recitation of the elaborate revelations he encountered on his past life journey.
In other news about the director: Wingard’s contribution to Legendary’s Godzilla/King Kong universe, Godzilla vs. Kong, is slated to arrive early next year. I can’t wait.