For over a decade, I have collaborated musically with Kathryn Ian under the name “Lux Interna.”
Lux Interna draws from various folk music vernaculars and places them in conversation with more contemporary idioms such as drone, doom, and postpunk to articulate an alternate and hallucinatory vision of Americana - apocalyptic americana? - that foregrounds the fissures and crisis points within the "American narrative," rather than harmoniously resolving them. In acceding to the absence of narrative coherency, we are interested in exploring new possibilities of presence, reenchantment, and meaning-making.
On the heels of our last release, "There is Light in the Body/There is Blood in the Sun," we are expanding upon traditional songwriting/live performance to embrace a more immersive approach to music making with our project, The New Wilderness Gospel: an episodic narrative to be realized as a series of multimedia installations that spatialize sound, imagery, and text. The NWG is an attempt to translate the genre of apocalyptic literature into a contemporary idiom in order to explore the nature of presence within a cultural imaginary defined by absence, i.e. western “postmodernity.”
To date, Lux Interna has released five full-length CDs and one 10” LP with the German cult label Eis & Licht, the darkwave label, Projekt Records, and the highly respected Northern California label, Pesanta Urfolk. Lux Interna has performed across North America, Europe, and Russia.
Our current lineup consists of Joshua Levi Ian (guitar, banjo, voice); Kathryn Ian (autoharp, hand percussion, voice); Kris Force (violin, viola); Adam Collins-Torruella (drums, percussion); and Tim Gotch (electric bass).
Please click here for Lux Interna on Bandcamp.
Lux Interna in Sound & Image