Portland doom quartet Usnea have released the track “Lathe of Heaven” from their third full-length album Portals Into Futility. The record was largely influenced by science-fiction and the painful intersection of today’s crushing reality and will consist of five songs, but 56 total minutes of depressive doom and sludge. Recorded in early 2017, Portals Into Futility was recorded at Caravan Recordings and Haywire Studios in Portland with Jared “Fester” See.
Commenting on the track, the band said, “Lathe Of Heaven’ was inspired by the eponymous book by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is a meditation on the blurred line between cognitive reality and delusion wherein the protagonist can change reality through dreaming. A well-intentioned psychologist attempts to corral that power but ends up creating more chaos and suffering. In the end, human arrogance and greed are shown to be the leading contributors to our own doom.”