I’ve done an interview with Soundrope about my “Like Dew In The Sun” EP. Japanese only, but if you speak the language, I recommend you read it. In line with the concept of the release, large part of the interview isn’t so much about music, but about humanity at large. I’ve also introduced some interesting Ukrainian music, so be sure to check it out.
2013年11月21日から2014年2月23日まで同国で続いた真冬の「善意の革命」に捧げるサウンドトラック「Like Dew In The Sun/日に照らされた露のように」。 タイトルは、ウクライナ国歌の１節「敵は日に照らされ露のように消える」から引用されたものだ。「敵」は、全人類が抱える悪意という欠陥。１粒の水滴が太陽に照らされて蒸発するように、人々に組み込まれていた「悪意の遺伝子」が蒸発して消え去るとき、人類はようやく幼年期の終りを迎える。
Temporarily stepping away from the maximalist, buoyant swagger that his productions are best known for, Tokyo-based XLII’s latest excursion for the Raid System collective is a deeply intimate and introspective take on the events that unfolded in Ukraine in winter of 2014. Originally a light-hearted take on the peaceful protests in Kiev, planned for release in spring 2014, the EP then transformed and mutated as the triumph of toppled dictatorship was cut short by an armed incursion in the country’s South and East. The EP is finally set for release on January 27, 2016 to applaud the de-escalation of conflict and the progress in the dialogue towards peace.
“Like Dew In The Sun” is a profoundly personal project borne from these circumstances, a sentiment that is strikingly relevant to people not just in Ukraine, but those across the world. The EP is inspired by the hope that the “weak gene” within all humankind, that prevents us from co-existing peacefully as one species, will one day evaporate “Like Dew In The Sun”.
In line with the concept of peace, the EP consciously removes itself from the “loudness war” with softer mastering, featuring minimal post-Soviet cover art by a Ukrainian designer Myroslav Fareniuk and pressed at a small, privately run pressing plant in Europe.
Shards is a melancholic slow-burner for a nation that became a trading chip in the power gamble between bigger external forces. Calm and leisurely with dreamy folk chants and cinematic chord progressions.
Incursion - A masterfully orchestrated puzzle of unusual time signatures and genres. A futuristic off-kilter piece that resolves itself into a coherent whole upon several listens.
Barricades is cold and unrelenting. A collage of real world instruments and a mild feeling of nostalgia propelled forward with upbeat determination.
Apocalyptic Freedom weighs up the cost of freedom life for life. Horns and frenetic percussion intertwined with a sense of liberation and burning tires. Brash sound design and arrangement add to the sense of turmoil.
Soul and Body - The EP’s final track returns to a spirit of melancholy and even optimism. A quiet exploration of hope and unity captured in simple chords. Warm and reassuring, with a soft nod to the beats music of yesteryear, it concludes the EP on a positive note of calm resolution.
The limited 7” Vinyl will be available on XLII’s Bandcamp and will start shipping on January 27, 2016. It features 2 alternative versions of lead tracks from the digital EP as well as download codes for the full EP.