Label: Past Inside the Present
Release: Demain, dès l’aube
Date: October 4th, 2023
Mastered By: Stephan Mathieu
Artwork By: Kévin Séry
The universe would like some stillness. In the insanity created by us, we try to find some peace and quiet. But even that has been commoditised and sold as yet another refuge from this all. The focus on our mental health has brought with it another pathway of escape. But when you run, you find yourself again, with all your demons. Wherever you may sit in silence – there you are. Perhaps some music will unhinge those thoughts and carry you throughout this session. It’s time for self-reflection and repose. I have recited many words on this entrancing topic. Five years ago, I even shared guidance on meditation and on music. Can music be a tool to help you breathe? I think so. Yes. And here’s one example of such wonder. “‘Demain, dès l’aube’ is a quietly powerful collaboration between From Overseas and zakè with a beautiful stillness at its center. It is meditation music that secures a clear pathway to intimate contemplation.” And now is a good time to sit and to breathe. Some music reminds me of breathing: a cyclical motion that sustains our lives yet goes somehow unnoticed (until it’s too late)… This is why, during meditation, it is important to bring your attention to the steady flow of your breath… This is why, during these turbulent times, I remind myself to focus on the steady flow of this beautiful music… Don’t let this one go unnoticed…
The arrangements on Demain, dès l’aube were intentionally written to ebb and flow seamlessly, slowly converging en masse. The second part to this set of arrangements, (tracks 6-8) were originally a companion release of ‘Demain, dès l’aube’, consisting of a stately set of long-form arrangements that burgeon with unhurried celerity. These last three arrangements exemplify patience while displaying meticulous attention to the finer details.
From Overseas & zakè are, of course, Kévin Séry and Zach Frizzell, both from Past Inside The Present label, which has been offering a lot of lovely music lately. The two have collaborated in the past, most recently Live at the Gothic Chapel with Marc Artel and James Bernard. A year prior, there was also Sound Space 4 release, which came out as part of the imprint’s subscription series, on Zakè Drone. For this upcoming record, the duo constructed loops from their favourite sounds. “They expanded on these short loops with intentional reshaping of the initial sounds by introducing and converging various guitar parts, tape processing, and synthesizer work.” The resulting eight gorgeous long-playing pieces are pressed onto a 160g opaque maroon 2×12″ LP with a limited edition run of 100 records. There is also a black vinyl set of 400 copies. You can pre-order this album shortly via this Bandcamp page and participate in a listening party, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 4th.