How do we express emotion in music without resorting to cliché? Is emotionalism an appropriate response to calamitous world events? Can making music even be justified as a good use of time, given the growing urgency of our global predicament? Immediately, the project became a lot less like what everyone else was doing and a lot more like connect_icut.
The modus operandi became to embrace the doubt, ask all the questions and ruthlessly edit out anything that sounded like a trite, easy answer. No Darkness became No Darkness?—a much thornier proposition altogether. While many moments of straightforward melancholy beauty remain, the album has a distinct sense on unease about it. Keeps things interesting.
The end result has all the chiming melodicism and glitchy arrhythmic chaos that those familiar would expect from a connect_icut album. But despite all the critical nit-picking that went into its creation, No Darkness? really does have a particularly apposite sense of warmth and melancholy that is quite new to the world of connect_icut.
No Darkness? was completed in March 2018 and sent to Stephan Mathieu for mastering. Then Bas Mantel created the striking gold-foil design for the pro-dubbed cassette release. The album will be available in this tape edition, as well as all the usual digital/streaming formats via Aagoo records on February 23rd, 2019.
1. Vómito de Arco Iris (Version Instrumental)
2. L’ordinateur dit <<moins>>
3. Vomit House
4. сила – ничто
5. Coed Hiraeth (Fersiwn Offerynnol)
6. Longing Forest
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