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Solastalgia

by Rafael Anton Irisarri

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Lost Tribe Sound This should be mandatory listening early on in school to help kids learn about the furthest depths of their emotions. Music and more so vibration seem the perfect vehicle for this, and RAF is tapped in. Shake some shit loose, cry a little...it's healthy.
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holobiont Solastalgia was among the first Irisarri releases I listened to and I imagined buying the release in a material format. I listened to it in the months before bushfires consumed our material lives and shortly before I sent an email to patients in which I made use of the state/term solastalgia to convey my growing feeling of ecological loss and the impending fires. My deep gratitude and appreciation for your work and thoughtful exploration of these intimate terrains.
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nofatclips 1st listen: a record which hits you with such intensity that it leaves in awe, unable to listen to anything else...
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Joe That synth line on costal tho Favorite track: Coastal Trapped Disturbance.
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Decay Waves 07:20
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Chrysalism 06:07
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Black Pitch 06:23

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We find ourselves increasingly in a swell of solastalgia. Day to day, a vision of what might come to pass builds; one dystopian impression at a time. Solastalgia is not a new phenomena however, rather it has haunted us over the centuries. Change has never been humanities’ strong suit, but it has been our shadow. The perpetual ruptures in what we know and how we live are an inevitability; time takes no prisoners, no matter how tightly we might grasp things from moment to moment.

It’s here, at this fractious nexus of unpredictability and an absence of control that Rafael Anton Irisarri has created his latest work. Building on the echoes of landscape that guided his previous Room40 editions, Solastalgia imagines that which is not yet known. It traces possible terminus points for futures that many of us will not live to see. Utilising a range of unexpected variables, automations and uncontrolled systems in the creation of the recordings, Irisarri has developed a new approach to his work, seamlessly weaving together intense layers of texture and saturated harmony.

Within these works, distant melodies emerge and in their wake the listeners’ focus shifts again and again. A never ending loop of the unconscious feeding into the conscious is formed. Whilst the skeletal form of pieces such as 'Coastal Trapped Disturbance' might remain, the organic matter that is the body of the music is in a process of persistent transformation. These subconscious variations morph the pieces from within. This is a record of sublimation, and dwells in states of transition and becoming.

Recorded in two suites (one released on LP and the other available initially only on limited edition cassette) , each section is a distorted mirror reflection of the other. Solastalgia stands as a landmark undertaking for Irisarri, it encourages us to remain unsettled and attentive in the moment, and prompts us to listen deeper and imagine what lies beyond or in excess of our expectations.

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released July 25, 2019

Written & produced by Rafael Anton Irisarri in New York, USA during Autumn 2018
Strategies (against conformity) by Lawrence English
Vocals on 01 & 02 by Leandro Fresco
Mixed at Black Knoll Studio (New York)
Mastered by at Negative Space (Brisbane)
Published by Outer Worlds Publishing

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