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CONJECTURE “Nostalgia Futura” CD / DL (213th Cycle)
“Nostalgia Futura” is an exploration of the rare psychological and neurological phenomenon known as Anticipatory Nostalgia. While nostalgia is a widely recognized and socially significant emotional experience, Anticipatory Nostalgia is a feeling of longing for something that has yet to occur or may not exist at all. Through the use of digital and analog synthesizers in midi polychain, reel-to-reel recording, and IR reverbs, this album delves into the psychological implications of Anticipatory Nostalgia, particularly in relation to future-oriented benefits, affects, and social cognition. The album aims to appeal to those who seek a sense of nostalgia for the future, particularly those who are drawn to the idea of experiencing non-existent urban and rural landscapes that reflect the aesthetics and chronology of the future. In essence, “Nostalgia Futura” is a sound manifesto on the psychology of visionaries, and a demonstration that existence transcends the constraints of time and space, extending into the infinite cosmos and the depths of the human psyche.
PASCAL SAVY “Simulacra” CD / DL (191st Cycle)
Conceived around a time of strong political, social and cultural turmoil in the UK and elsewhere, a time ridden with a deep sense of uncertainty and unease, the music resonates with feelings of alienation and powerlessness as well as convey ideas of anger and latent violence. Working with heavily textured drones as well as sharp edged sounds and sustained rhythms to echo and articulate those feelings, some of the tracks were re-worked until their final forms had lost all relation with their initial skeleton, something that was partly influenced by the idea of simulacra not representing the real anymore, inspired by the reading of ‘Simulacra and Simulation’ by Jean Baudrillard and ‘The Weird and the Eerie’ by Mark Fisher. The addition of rhythmic structures, a new step for Savy, helped explore the idea of power by saturating the sonic landscape with repetition and pulsations. On certain tracks rhythms are implied, slowly disappearing or simply absent to reflect this idea of the real not being there anymore.
DESIDERII MARGINIS “Serenity / Rage” CD / LP / DL (215th Cycle)
“Serenity / Rage” focuses on the contradictory human capacity to do both good and evil, where clarity and insight can turn to blind overwhelming rage and how we find ourselves moving back and forth across this vast expanse of human emotions. With hints of classic Death Industrial and a unique cover version of Brighter Death Now’s classic track “Necroses Evangelicum”, Johan Levin exposes a new facet of his expanding discography. Nothing is Black nor White, we all fade to Grey…
TROUM & RAISON D’ÊTRE “De Aeris In Sublunaria Influxu” 2LP / DL (113th Cycle)
Troum navigates through cavernous, subterranean spaces where cyclical sounds reverberate towards impressive crescendos of icy noise, luminous drones and dramatic, guitar-driven ghostly melodies. Their truly unique soundscapes shine in a perfect symbiotic movement with the Swedish dark ambient maestro Peter Andersson. Engulfed in a hauntingly beautiful kaleidoscope of grey-ish melancholia, raison d’être comfortably walks deeply into Troum’s vast territory, delivering his very own trademark of eerie tones, ominous sacral ambience and crystal clear constructions. Airy lush enigmatic atmospheres live together with dark breathing, reverberant transformative drones. Rich and gorgeously layered.