Various Artist To Light a Candle is to Cast a Shadow

Cluster Node
12th December 2023

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“To Light a Candle is to Cast a Shadow” serves as an evocative reflection of the duality of creation—a delicate act of illuminating the creative process while acknowledging the inherent shadows that accompany it. It encapsulates the profound essence of artistic expression, where every stroke of sound and visual element casts its own unique shadow of meaning and interpretation.

Drawing from a diverse palette of experimental tape loops, luminous guitars, and hauntingly reverberant vocals, the tracks weave a tapestry of sound that entwine together moments of transcendence and introspection, inviting into a realm where reality and reverie coalesce to create an atmosphere that resonates with the elusive essence of a dream.

Each artist brings a personal perspective to the release, contributing to a collective work that is greater than the sum of its parts.

From the melancholic guitar notes and serene voice of Spivak in ‘i b lyin’ to Bianca Scout’s ‘whwn u think’ and its slowly evolving loops that conjure the nostalgic essence of a cherished memory. Dream-like tunes such as Ghost Tracks’s ‘Be With Me’, that unfurls a narrative of celestial synths and vocals that feels both tender and revealing or James K’s ‘Soft Key’ with its heavenly tones that wash over like a soft cloud convey lightness.

Chantal Michelle’s ‘Chasm’, a study in sonic alchemy, blends organic instrumentation with meticulously crafted soundscapes while Man Rei’s “How 2 b heavy” moves from weighted-down bass and guitar loops to a hum of dissolving noise, longing for an unattainable release and lightness.

‘Highest Heaven’ by Feeler (previously known as Age Eternal) is driven by a delicate guitar arpeggio exuding warmth and radiance, occasionally dipping into shadows, evoking a sense of serenity.

Combining layers of synthetic textures and field recordings, ‘Duairc aontais’ by An Trinse, creative alias of Northern Irish artist Stephen McLaughlin. His work explores the aftermath of the Irish conflict using archaeology and ancient history, allowing us to contemplate its multifaceted impact on society.

Specimen’s “Sophie’s Theme” a testament to the beauty of collaboration where the light of shared passion casts a luminous against the shadows of individualism.

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