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One of the only albums that should be labelled "Cinematic Music"; 'Labour' is a story about addiction and defeat as told through ominous narration and disturbing ambient sections.

Everything transitions and flows perfectly, it truly plays like the soundtrack to a non-existent film.

Clawing have done an amazing job forming this one, dark, unique, mind provoking piece.
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"I never thought addiction would land at my doorstep. I've known a lot of junkies and I've had friends die of overdoses but it's never actually been in my family. 2 years ago my mother's husband of 10 years decided he was going to do meth. It came out of the blue and his reasons were ridiculous. The two that he recited most often were that he needed to lose weight for his job and that it made him feel young. He came from a good home or at least that's what he always said. He loved to throw that in everyone's face. It puzzled me how he could turn out the way he did. He was a pothead in high school and he drank until his 40s. He had a heart attack around that time and he decided to straighten up and fly right. It didn't last long and he was hitting the bottle again. Nothing seemed to be enough and then he ended up here. Meth is a problem plaguing the South it seems. The area I live in is ravaged by it. I can't watch the local news without hearing about meth trafficking or meth lab explosions or go into a gas station and see those same hollowed eyes and skin that looks like it's wrapped too tight around their bones. I wanted to write a piece about what's going on where I live and about a man who is so lost in drugs that digging a fucking hole is the only thing that brings him any joy. Just getting further and further into the dirt... It was a nightmare to write and watch my mother live but she pulled through. I'm especially proud of this record because it's the first time I've worked with more than 2 musicians at a given time on anything. Clawing is a full band here. We expanded beyond just Austin Gaines and Jeff McLeod and myself. Joining us on this record is Tyson Platt and J. James and K. Miller who turned this into something brilliant. They're all incredible musicians and I'm lucky to have worked with them on this. I hope they'll be joining us for other records down the road. We were extremely fortunate to have my dear friend Stephen Wilson (Unknown Relic) do the art for this. He provided the house illustration for our first album, Spectral Estate, and I think it goes without saying that he's the best there is. He's a genius illustrator and photographer and so much of our sound involves his work. I hope he'll tag along with us for the rest of the ride as well. Thanks for listening."

M. Finney - Clawing


released October 31, 2018

Clawing is M. Finney, J. Mcleod, A. Gaines, T. Platt, J. James, K. Miller

Artwork and Layout by S. Wilson -

Mastered by T. Platt at Burning Hammer

Releases sonically and physically through Grey Matter Productions on October 31st, 2018.


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