Portugal - Full Moon 187 - 12/10/11
Kvitnu keeps on with their quest putting out "high blood pressure
music". This time it's Portuguese ambient electronic artist Vitor
Joaquim and his album Filament.
Described by the label to be: '...a silent scream against the massacre of
intensity and constant pulse coming from out of
Vitor Joaquim's Filament reached 9th place among Top ambient
albums of 2011 by French e-zine Indie Rock Mag, in competition with
artists such as Aidan Baker,
Tim Hecker, Sun Thief and Cindytalk, and beating Fennesz + Sakamoto.
Filament, in five movements, is music composed and performed by
Vitor Joaquim. As usual the
delicious Kvitnu label artwork design is done by Zavoloka. Must be one
of the finest labels around when it comes to CD design.
Vitor Joaquim states: 'Our
daily life is being more and more polluted with fast and short messages.
What is not intense and
sharp has no effectiveness. The sense of belonging and timeless breathe
is more and more away from us. We live in a world full of information
and in risk of permanent
ignorance. We are not aloud to stay, breath, and keep staying. We are
constantly pushed toward something. Whatever it is something vital for
us, or absolutely nonsense.
It's a time where only short sentences can be effective. It's the time
of buzzwords and sound bites. A time where's devotion is being displaced
from every gesture that
we do. All is reduced to a task, all must be easy and logical.
This is what Joaquim wants to fight, or make a statement against.
Filament is brutal, hardcore
ambient. It starts out with "Filament and Voids" like being in the
middle of a waste winter desert, when all of a sudden the disturbance of
electric storms appear. One
can hear (and almost see) the passage of an electric current through the
air out of the speakers. The spooky atmosphere is underlined by a deep
bass punching your stomach.
"Filament and Walls" follows, and I see gigantic, empty factory halls -
wall-to-wall white-frozen with a halo of steam. It's a brutally intense
The title track is a more careful composition, but the intensity of
the album's thread and theme is present. "Filament of Conformity" and
"Filament of Devotion" fill
the rest of the album, summing up Joaquim's view of the modern world.
This our modern, hectic society, with no time to stop for a break/breath
and summarize before moving
on in a hastily way. The closing track is the most 'conventional' one.
The currents and undercurrents of Filament are threatening and
fascinating to listen to. It's a massive piece (some 52 minutes long) of
ambience for ears and
body. You'd better listen well prepared for entering a sonic wasteland.
It's not an easy journey. Like Joaquim says: 'We still
have our hearts to feel what beat is, and what beat means. We don't need
to push ourselves to the edge of ourselves at every moment. Time needs
to recover he's (sic) own
time. Filament is my answer to that question. An answer that is
not linear, not sharp, not short, not fast, not easy. An answer that is
all the contrary, having
the ear and the listening as a corridor for a better understanding of
the world and ourselves. Filament is complex, extended, nonlinear
and concentrated on the
detail. Like life in itself...'
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