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EMBERS | 2004​-​2024

by The Wretch

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Turning 04:26
Comfort 04:24
Unrelax 04:49
Drastic 04:42
Velocity 03:49
For Clancy 08:22
Lifetime 04:54


20 years of breaking.....

From the beginning, in 2004, The Wretch was about broken things, mismatched ideas and chaos. Exploring digital and analog distortion, sampling, and heavy handed editing of disparate sound sources, The Wretch took form as a hybrid of break core, industrial, IDM, and any other influence that Michael or involved collaborators brought to the sessions.

The earliest albums were explorations in frenetic cut and paste of archival clips of film reels, mixed with hyper-edited drums and warped synth lines. As the project matured, the concept began to turn inward, leading to the addition of vocals and more personal content in lyrics and titles. Ultimately, the 4th LP When I Fall became an amalgamation of all of the disparate ideas Michael had - a superset of the music he had to get out.

The project lay dormant for years, but the unique voice of this project called Michael back. In 2021 work began on LP5 with the first real demo - “The Fire Inside” - but first he had to look back to see what the history of the project meant to him. This is the instrumental vision of The Wretch through the lens of time, leading us to today.

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released February 25, 2024


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The Wretch New Jersey

The Wretch is a concept: something that has fallen short of the ideal. Be it human failing, mankinds failing, ideas created and tossed away, emotions left beneath the surface, all things have the potential to fall far short of their expected destiny.

The Wretch is Michael Weeks, also featuring Darren Halm, Eric Schlappi and a host of assorted guests.
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