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Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot w/ Handcrafted LP Jacket

Thrill Jockey
184 - 2007

In the beginning months of 2007 Daniel Arcus Incus Ululat Higgs created Atomic Yggdrassil Tarot, a collection of paintings, poetry and sound. In June of 2007 Thrill Jockey Records released this masterwork to the public. It\'s mysticism struck a chord across the world.

Atomic Yggdrassil Tarot was released in two formats. One version is a brilliant hardcover color book with a CD tucked away inside. The other is a vinyl LP with a hand silk-screened jacket displaying a design created by Daniel Higgs. The LP comes with a black and white large scale booklet of the poetry Daniel wrote for the project. The vinyl version was limited to 800 copies for the world and vanished from retail outlets almost immediately.

A select few of you may have heard rumors of a small number of hand crafted LP jackets created by Daniel. Thankfully those rumors were true. Now, in the midst of the winter freeze, we are pleased to announce the release of 50 individually hand crafted vinyl versions of Atomic Yggdrassil Tarot.

Supplies are incredibly limited and there will not be any more produced for this album. There is a common theme among the images yet each is one hundred percent a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. The hand-crafted LP jackets will not be available in stores. The only place to attain one is by way of Thrill Jockey mailorder.

Ordering will cease once supplies are exhausted. As stated prior: each album cover is completely unique. We will not offer exchanges or returns.

Daniel A. I. U. Higgs Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot

Daniel Arcus Incus Ululat Higgs is a musician and artist from Baltimore, Maryland on whose behalf superlatives are destined to fail. It’s not that his artistic output – spanning three decades, numerous albums, books of poetry and collections of drawings – simply eludes classification, it defies it. Often we hear that a true work of art is meant to speak for itself, and with the work of Daniel Higgs the maxim rings truer than ever. His art is of the cosmos, we on Earth merely lucky that it happens to be confined to our atmosphere, in our lifetime.

Higgs is known primarily for his work as the sole lyricist and frontman of the band Lungfish, a four-piece dedicated to charting, in this listener’s estimation, nothing short of the evolution of all species, known and unknown. That the band has undertaken this pursuit in the guise of a humble rock outfit, in the absence of any public relations fanfare, metanarrative, or manifesto has been enough to endear them to tens of thousands. They are enshrined as one of America’s last true folk bands, and Higgs anointed as a patron saint to artistic purity.

In recent years, Higgs has released a number of solo outings that can only be described as the ultimate in isolation, worlds away from the hypnotic, communal rock of his band. On Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot, Higgs weaves meditative, casually ruptured drones using acoustic and electric guitar, upright pianos, banjo and jew’s harp, recorded entirely at home on cassette recorder. He pairs the music with a series of paintings that call to mind religious iconography passed through the disfiguring surrealism of Miro. Higgs has wedded his music and his visual art into a singular being, meant to be encountered as a conjuring force similar to that of the tarot experience. The yggdrasil is the great tree of Norse myth that connects all worlds of cosmology. Passing into Christian folklore, the tree is said to connect heaven and earth. In his relentless pursuit of the indivisible, Higgs travels up and down this spine and hatches a new transubstantiation of sound and image into lifeform.