What’s the deal with Vaporwave and A S T H E T I C ? I get the nostalgic fascination of past styles and iconography, like the newly popular 80’s/90’s/VHS look. But to fetishize the aesthetic of emoticons and early 00’s computers and CGI? Either the cyclical tradition skipped ahead, or the internet progressed so much everybody wants to return to the simpler time of the digital stone-age; but only ironically.
Our favorite Portuguese electro-duo has brought us yet again an exquisite piece of low key, inspired electronica, but this time released through the minor, yet delightful, Philadelphia-based label, Silvox Recordings! The label has a nice rooster of electronic focused artists, and the release of a STURQEN album came as a very nice surprise in my mailbox. I wouldn’t have guessed that STURQEN would have decided to release a limited edition cassette through a small US-label. Non the less, Riscos fits right at home at Silvox, especially next to the simultaneously release of Veiled – After Hours, another fine low key electronica album which I’ll bring up next time.
What is life? What are we doing? Why are we doing it? Why aren’t we just pleased with life; why are we constantly inverting new stuff to occupy our time with, when we could just be content with the feeling of life and being? Have we as a species become to full of ourselves that sheer existence have become dull, monotonous, and un-fulfilling? What does a species, that has become disenchanted with existence, do to replace the most primal and basic experience of our sheer being? We escape from it and substitute with, amongst other things;
Art(paintings); the escape through man-made windows to our world and nature, to relive a certain point in time, frozen with the feelings and emotions captured by the painting? (Can life be represented through mere colours on a surface?)
Sound(music); the escape through man-made harmonies, melodies, and rhythmic vibrations of the air, that carry with them (un-)consciously collectively decided feelings and experiences that transports us to another world or puts the listener in a trance. (Or do it put the listener in a state of experiencing true awareness of life? Is that possible through man-made means?)
Literature; the escape through man-made abstract symbols that man has decided represent a certain object, feeling, or abstract concept, that transports the reader to an abstract version of life that can be experienced through another representation of a human being. (Are we capable of creating a version of existence when we constantly flee from it?)
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“… A violin’s vibrato wounds the heart of woe, A tender heart detests the black of nullity, The sky, a lofty altar, lovely in the gloom; The sun is drowning in the evening’s blood-red glow. …“
– Charles Baudelaire, Evening Harmony
Sturqen is a duo from Portugal, consisting of César Rodrigues and David Arantes. They started in 2009 and have since been playing concerts, making remixes, released 3 albums and 3 EPs, sound work for art festivals and they have appeared on podcasts. Quite a productive duo and you can tell that they enjoy making music by the way they play with the sounds, and really experimenting what you can do with them. And yet they create a quite accessible album. Sturqen manages to create music that balances on line between experimental art, á la glitch and power electronics, and the more traditional and safe sound of techno and electronic music in general. Continue reading