the third is more performance art than music. witnesses have described being transfixed and, at times, uncomfortable. the songs are centered around vocals, while vocal effects elude to disembodied spirits. the subject matter is existential. grief is the muse.
The custom of keening dates back to ancient times and manifests in many different cultures. keeners were professional mourners, usually part of a lineage, called upon to make guttural cries and wails when a community member died. their wails helped the mourners metabolize their grief, and helped the souls of the deceased pass on. It was not always a pretty sound. in fact, it could be uncomfortable, even strange.