Sacred Bones Records (label)
13 September 2019 (released)
13 September 2019
Are we autonomous animals or organisms at the whim of a higher architect? Are the rituals of electronic existence simply an arena of connected alienation and disconnected causation? So many questions, who’s got the answers?
‘Lions’ is a skittering, jittering takedown of all the things we take for granted, rarely stopping to ask ‘How?’ and/or ‘Why?’. A throbbing backbeat augments a panoramic survey: ‘Look at these trees / Look at this grass / Look at those clouds / Look at them now / Study this and ask yourself: Where is God?’ An age old query for age old concerns.
‘High Alice’ takes a trip upwards, downwards, soaring sidewards, a kaleidoscopic careening that results in the epiphany: ‘I/we all want something better’ – emancipation through artistic action/creation.
When is a mistake not a mistake? Counter errorism abounds on ‘Accident’ which tackles the eternal conundrum ‘how did we get here?’: cosmic calamity or deity-led experiment? Or something else …
‘The Practice of Love’ is an extra-sensory mediation on the etymology of ‘love’ and a stark admission that procreation is nothing more than ‘keeping the virus going’: a bleak (yet necessary) summation of the (re)production of rigmarole that is genetic seeding. A passing on of atavism and habits that bears thinking about.
New Age unraveller Hval has produced a timely tableau of birth, life, death and all that occurs in-between. Hval has said that this album is inspired by 1990s ‘trance’ music (especially on ‘Six Red Cannas’s metronomic mantra messages): in its archaic meaning trance is derived from fear. This album banishes all forms of fear and advises us all to step outside to ‘be and see’ right in.