Robert Toher, formerly of atmospheric krautrock duo, ERAAS, has a new solo venture called Public Memory. The Brooklyn visionary recorded his debut LP, Wuthering Drum, during a yearlong sojourn in LA, and he announced today that the record is to be released this spring via Felte – the incipient label of Ghostly International's Jeff Owens. With Public Memory, Toher preserves the ERAAS' krautrock tone while thinning textures and drowning his minimalist electronics in a thick, murky film.
Toher revealed the forthcoming album's lead single in conjunction with today's announcement. "Lunar" is slow and brooding, a dark thought manifestation from the astral realm. Its lurking buzz supports Toher's Thom Yorke-like croons while subaqueous wind chimes warble beneath him. It feels like a nightmare observed from behind the tenuous protection of fogged glass, and it's oh so tempting to shatter it and join the fun.