Heliochrysum - We Become Mist
Catalogue No.: HVALUR37
Release Date: 10 Sep 2021
LIMITED CLEAR VINYL, GATEFOLD SLEEVE
FFO - Alva Noto, Mika Vainio, Ben Frost, Caterina Barbieri,
LA based composer/sound designer duoHeliochrysumannounce the release of their visceral, deep and exploratory debut albumWe Become Mist.The album has beenmixed by Ben Frost and mastered by Valgeir Sigurdsson.
Heliochrysumis the world building meeting of Michael Deragon and Daniel Lea
( L A N D, Important Records), in which a collaboration becomes a sculpted journey into new aural and imaginative cosmology.We Become Mistuses analogue and digital processes to mine the depths of industrial and science fictional, psychedelic soundscapes, often cinematic in tone and texture.
Taking their cue from a shared palette of sounds, textures and rhythms,Heliochrysumcreate a unifying score that is at once improvisatory and sonically certain.We Become Mist is nothing short of the progression from a souterrain awakening to the terraformed sound of a new world coming into existence.
These tracks overlay analog sound sources, digital hard wrought processing and visual sound design, constantly morphing and turning on their own searching torque. Mixed by Ben Frost and mastered by Valgeir Sigurdsson, the accumulation of sheer vision and depth is transportative, if not outright mind wrenching. In between this melding of the analogue and digital was mixed another element: the album istinged with psilocybin technology. As a listener you can hear as you move through a psychedelic passage, like out of a state of lockdown into one of alien otherworldliness.
The piano, industrial crescendo of ˜We Remain Beneath is evidence of this, sounds modified into careful, lush arrangements. A Future Unfolds sounds like a burnished unfurling, a resplendent distortion bringing to mind some epic revelation while tracks such as ˜Infinite Dark or ˜Pre Dawn bristle with chrome pulses that burn with alarm and dulcet drama.
Just as they did with their palette of sounds,Heliochrysumtaps into a wide range of emotions from hope to devastation, growth and contagion.
The name Heliochrysum evokes the Latin for sunflower but also a healing tincture: in the overlaid orchestration and distorted lightness, the roiling, life-giving pour of the sun can be heard. Simplicity washed with emotional intensity, the remembered dreams of far-off, science-fictive discoveries.
HELIOCHRYSUM 01. INFINITE DARK
HELIOCHRYSUM 02. PRE DAWN
HELIOCHRYSUM 03. WE REMAIN BENEATH
HELIOCHRYSUM 04. ALIENA
HELIOCHRYSUM 05. MY DREAMS SLEEP IN YOUR HANDS
HELIOCHRYSUM 06. A FUTURE UNFOLDS
HELIOCHRYSUM 07. INFINITE VESSEL
HELIOCHRYSUM 08. WE BECOME MIST
HELIOCHRYSUM 09. FORBIDDEN STRUCTURES
HELIOCHRYSUM 10. WE BECAME MATTER
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