• Barren Harvest

Subtle Cruelties

Handmade Birds
HB-071 - 2014

CD version in digipack.  LP version pressed on 180gram vinyl with 175 copies on black vinyl, 250 copies on metallic gold.

Barren Harvest is a somber, ethereal collaboration between Lenny Smith (Atriarch/Profound Lore Records) and Jessica Way (Worm Ouroboros/Profound Lore Records). The music composed by these two creative veterans is cold and bright, pierced by measured silence and whispering tones, swells of synth and haunting autoharp accents.

Subtle Cruelties is a deep, affecting album, and takes its inspiration from the great poets of the past. The album is shot through with portions of a Tennyson poem called "In Memoriam," a meditation on loss and the death of love, and as for the album's title itself, the roots run even deeper. "The idea to release an album called Subtle Cruelties came from a lyrical line from the first song we wrote together, “The Bleeding”, which was inspired by a poem called “The Silent Articulation of a face” by Rumi," Way explains.


  • 1 The Bleeding
  • 2 Memoriam I (CD only)
  • 3 Memoriam II
  • 4 Memoriam III (CD only)
  • 5 Heavens Age
  • 6 Memoriam IV (CD only)
  • 7 Coil Uncoil
  • 8 Memoriam V (CD only)
  • 9 Claw and Feather
  • 10 Memoriam VI
  • 11 Reveal
  • 12 The Subtle Cruelty Of Spring (CD only)