Isis were one of those bands I immediately took to upon first listen. It was nice having them around, because you could count on Isis to release a record now and again that would remind you innovation is still possible.
Last year, Isis reissued Celestial, one of my favorite records ever. Now, their third disc, the equally awesome Panopticon, will get the same treatment.
A remastered version of the disc drops April 29 on Ipecac Recordings.
I love that Mike Patton digs Isis.
“After some years away from the material, Panopticon now feels like the most optimistic of all the Isis albums, dark as the subject mater may be,” explained singer, guitar player, and awesome lad Aaron Turner.
“Giving voice to my concerns about the loss of privacy and the deterioration of personal freedom through the lyrics on the album made those subjects weigh less heavily on my mind. Something about the sound of the songs feels open and bright to me as well — post-millennial depression and pre-apocalyptic paranoia hadn’t yet taken hold I suppose. Panopticon also feels like a turning point to me in the trajectory of Isis, and serves as a personal place-marker for me in terms of how the world of music and music consumption was shifting radically around that time. Things have certainly become cloudier since then and more uncertain — in that way the subject matter of Panopticon also now seems a bit premonitory.”
Now, if only we could get a new record out of Isis, life would cease sucking so hard.
Here now is one of my favorite cuts off the disc.