Planning for Burial​/​Stress Waves Split

by Nostalgium Directive

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For the better part of a decade, rural Pennsylvania's prolific Thom Wasluck has released a slew of beautifully atmospheric and rawly emotional LPs, EPs, CDs, cassettes and even a floppy disk as Planning for Burial. "Dove" sees him eschew his frequent use of guitar in favor of synths fed through delay and blown-out fuzz distortion effects as he reflects on the parting gift of a former lover. King Woman/Miserable singer Kristina Esfandiari lends her gorgeous croon to perfectly complement Wasluck's humble vocal.

Across the globe in sun-stricken Brisbane, Australia, Errol Hoffman and Nick Williams create their own brand of romantic melancholy that sometimes conjures coldwave icons Asylum Party, but steeped in a dreamy lushness. Not unlike its equal on side A, "Anthelic Arc" embeds its detachment in the hypnotic repetition of the vocals. Williams' defeated voice seems to resonate from a distance, as if he's overlooking the tragic vista rendered by Hoffman's instrumentation.


released May 13, 2016

Words written mid-July 2013/music written late September 2014. Recorded in my parents' cold, dusty basement in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania during the early evening of 27th September 2014, with over overdubs sometime in March 2015. Kristina's vocals were recorded at her home in November 2014. Mixed on 13 September 2015.

Planning for Burial Were made of tape loops, machines, live drums, various delay & reverb units, a synth, voice, a Sunn Model T, and EHX Lil' Big Muff.

Additional vocals performed by Kristina Esfandiari.


Thanks for listening

"Anthelic Arc":
Recorded at Errol's House in Brisbane, Australia.

Vocals: Nick Williams
Instruments and production: Errol Hoffman


All songs mastered by Nicholas Wilbur at The Unknown in Anacortes, Wahsington, USA.

Cover photo by Max Buchanan.

Design by Errol Hoffman.



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Nostalgium Directive is a small Seattle, Washington-based record label dedicated to dark and intelligent music. We are focused on vinyl albums and EPs, as well as the occasional cassette. Interested parties can contact us at ... more

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