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Sunn O))) mark Southern Lord's 20th anniversary with White 1 & 2 reissues

Matt ‘The Alchemist’ Colton took the original full-length unedited premasters and cut the lacquers using Alchemy studio's half-speed method

To coincide with Southern Lord's 20th anniversary, Sunn O))) have reissued their two White albums in high fidelity vinyl format. The new White masters, we're told, have a broader frequency response with a deeper and more intense bottom end, making the overall sound “clearer, sharper, more direct”.

Originally released in 2003 and 2004 respectively, White 1 and White 2 were actually conceived as acoustic albums. But as Sunn O))) co-founders Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson note, the outcome of the recording sessions at Oregon's Fontanelle's Magnetic Park studios made for two psychedelic, electronic drone experiments.

Notably 1 first came out packaged in an embroidered pillow case with a sleeping pill included; 2 marked the first time the group collaborated with their main vocalist, the Hungarian singer Attila Csihar.

The reissues will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and include an A1 poster of portraits by Kerry O'Sullivan and Glynnis McDaris. They're limited to 1000 copies each and can be bought via Southern Lord's website or Bandcamp. Later on in July they'll hit the shops in a variety of colours.