Up for current pre-order is a very special release from The Corrupting Sea called Lungs Like Lead.
The album packaging comes in the form of a handmade book expertly put together by Simple Box Construction. It is hard back with cloth covering and the pages are sown into the cover. Each track has an image associated with it. The first page in the book has this statement:
“This album is dedicated to all who suffer from mental difficulties, disorders, or whatever adjective one might give the struggles many of us work through daily. This is a very personal album. I suffer from PTSD, depression, and social anxiety disorder and, unlike many others in the population, I process sensory data in ways others don’t. As I recorded this album, I tried to be as open as I could with my disabilities, taking the lines of a poem I wrote in 2013 as the title for each track and attempted to transform them into a sonic story telling of the struggle. What I want to say is stay strong and, even when your lungs feel like lead, breath. You are loved and the world needs you. I struggle alongside you.”
The poem was written while teaching a course far from home and having a mental break down far away from any support systems. Lungs Like Lead represents so much of what has happened to The Corrupting Sea, the struggles to find a path to health which have eluded him, and the process of coming to terms with his very real disabilities. As someone who fights his own brain to stay alive on a constant basis, Lungs Like Lead is a sonic vision into his struggle as well as a means to communicate with others like himself so they don’t seem like they are alone.