Writ on Water recently sent out an e-mail update alerting folks to Either/Orwell, a new side-project of vocalist/guitarist Jeff MacKey (along with Dangerous Trap’s Jarod Weldin). Eschewing the gloomy post-punk aesthetic that typifies Writ on Water's music, Either/Orwell opts for minimal, long-form guitar-based ambience that falls somewhere between Stars of the Lid and Hammock.
Five tracks from the upcoming album can be listened to on Either/Orwell's MySpace page. “Vermontana” and “To Establish, To Release And Then To Recede” are the highlights for me, thanks to their graceful balance of atmospherics and emotional melodies.
As for Writ on Water, the band has been re-recording some of the tracks from The Greyest Day Sessions: 1992-1994 for a possible future release.