SECULAR WORKS, VOL. 2
Last Things (2022)
After ten years, Extra Life returns with an aesthetic sequel to the debut record. New line-up features Toby Driver (of Kayo Dot) and Gil Chevigne (of Helium Horsefly).
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN / CHARLIE LOOKER
A HORIZON MADE OF CANVAS
Astral Spirits (2021)
Improvistion-based collaboration with clarinetist/composer Jeremiah Cymerman. Influenced largely by Scelsi, Feldman, and horror movie scores.
OLDER THAN LOVE
Last Things (2021)
Digital EP from this neofolk project, with Robbie Lee, Amirtha Kidambi, and Russell Greenberg. Real ancient instruments, co-ed vocal harmonies, and hooks.
Last Things (2020)
Psalm Zero's third album, the first with live drums by Kim Abrams, and Ron Varod on bass. The most accessible, rock-oriented PZ release.
KNOW MY PLACE and other singles
Last Things (2019)
A series of singles, heavy on electronics, sound design, and dark pop melodies.
Last Things (2018)
Song cycle for tenor and two sopranos, with a 17-piece chamber orchestra, based on the work of Julia Kristeva and Patrice O'Neal.
STRANGER TO VIOLENCE
Profound Lore (2016)
The second PZ album, still as a duo with Andrew Hock, with electronic drums. The project's most collaborative and synth-heavy release.
SURVEILLANCE PUNISHMENT AND THE BLACK PSYCHE
M Lamar's harrowing opera about love and lust between master and slave on the American plantation. String arrangements by Charlie Looker, performed by Mivos Quartet.
THE BIRTHRIGHT TRILOGY
Black Mass (2015)
Triple-cassette series, including two singles from Stranger to Violence, two B-side remixes, an acoustic version of a PZ classic, and the epic, "lost" studio track Hunchback.
Profound Lore (2014)
The band's debut album, a duo with Andrew Hock. Ice cold drum machines, industrial and black metal riffing, and melodic vs harsh twin vocals.
Public Eyesore (2014)
Studio document of this long-running doom-impov trio with Mike Pride and Chuck Bettis. Guest appearances by Darius Jones and Sam Hillmer.
Northern Spy (2013)
Debut and only full-length from the acoustic quartet, featuring authentic renaissance instruments. Elements of Death in June, John Dowland, and the Mamas and the Papas.
SCORE: THE COMPLETE SEXTET WORKS 2000-2007
Northern Spy (2012)
Featuring several early Looker compositions, and guitar work throughout. Compiled from various out-of-print EPs and 7-inches. Seminal documents of '00s "brutal prog".
FORCE MY HAND
Last Things (2012)
7-inch single, featuring an earlier recording of Force My Hand, as well as a psychedelic acoustic reimagining of Willpower, a classic song from noise rock legends Today is the Day.
Northern Spy (2012)
The final Extra Life album, with more creative input by Caley Monahon-Ward and Nick Podgurski than the earlier EL releases. A concept album about dreams, children, and alchemy.
Last Things (2011)
The most accessible Extra Life release, the vinyl now out of print. Four lyrics-heavy songs, including many people's favorite one.
The band's sophomore release, a full-length concept record about weightlifting, eroticism, and money. Like the first record on steroids.
The debut record that put Looker and Extra Life on the map. Features the most complex and lengthy compositions in the catalog, still studied by metal and prog scholars.