Grim Tower is the collaborative project of Black Mountain's
Stephen McBean (vocals / guitar / synths) and Imaad Wasif
(vocals / guitar). The album, called "Anarchic Breezes," was written
during 2011 around the central idea of a New Acoustic Death Folk, yet
could be heard as equal parts Harry Smith and Harry Pussy. Both
songwriters come together on "Anarchic Breezes" to explore a mutual
interest in the darker traditions of song and detuning found in the
American Primitive Archives. The album also features the rhythm
section of Rob Barbato (bass) and Dan Allaire (drums), also L. A.
musicians with roots deep in the modern psych movement. "Anarchic
Breezes" was recorded by S. McBean at his home studio, with
additional recording by Rob Campanella at the Jonestown Studios. It
contains 9 originals and 1 cover, the obscure "Leaving My Old Life
Behind" by Jonathan Halper as featured in Kenneth Anger's "Puce
Moment." It was mixed by Mark Nevers (Will Oldham, Silver Jews,
Calexico, Vic Chestnutt) at Beech House Studios in Nashville.