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Humanist signs to Bella Union and releases "The Beginning (My God)"

12 February 2024, 12:19 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Bella Union have announced the signing of Humanist – the recording alias of multi-instrumentalist and frequent Mark Lanegan collaborator Rob Marshall.

“The Beginning (My God)” is the first track from the forthcoming album from Humanist, which features a vocals from award-winning American musician/poet/playwright Carl Hancock Rux, who has previously collaborated with David Holmes and Portishead, as well as a saxophone solo from Terry Edwards (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey).

Humanist’s upcoming second album features the vocal talents of Dave Gahan, Ed Harcourt, Isobel Campbell and many more.

“It feels like our need for a sense of permanence is somehow ingrained into us all, and the deep-rooted fears of our own earthly mortality is why we seek to “taste” some sense of a deity, to confirm a greater purpose. Whether “our God” is something inside of us, or some other-worldly entity we worship, as long as we don’t harm each other in the name of it, I really only see that search for something greater as part of the natural human condition - for me, this is what ‘The Beginning’ is about," says Marshall.

"I felt the energy I’d captured in the music and the chords was something of an unearthing - the beginning of something greater than itself. I had the title ‘The Beginning’ from the first draft - perhaps I always knew it would be the opening of the record and pave the way for the rest of the music to come through?"

“The Beginning (My God)” is out now via Bella Union.

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