“Mother in Comet” first appeared in a dream, framing ‘teary eyes in the twilight’ of an English countryside. A year later, the melancholic instrumental receives a stunning treatment here that both compliments the previous scene and invents another entirely. Director and longtime Gem Club collaborator BriAnna Olson kindly provided some words:
“Processing meaning is such a personal practice, and Christopher’s music has a way of feeling both deeply personal and profoundly supernal. He can run circles around a single moment the way a thinking mind replays an event trying to process its meaning. He’s extracting and uncovering… it feels beautiful… it feels tragic… it feels private. That’s where this video piece came from… it is an anamnesis, a revelatory moment suspended it time, where it is absolute and ever-changing.”
Christopher Barnes of Gem Club, added:
“When BriAnna sent me her idea for the Mother in Comet video I was reminded of the examination in a doctor’s office where a ray of light is shined into your pupil–a series of lenses flash in front of your eye–in order to observe the reflex off the retina. Or perhaps an earlier memory of being a child, eyes closed and holding a flashlight up to my eyelid. The warmth of the bulb, the bright glare of white light against pink.
The visual sense depends entirely on reflected light. Objects in our environment reflect light which enters our eye, forms an image, and transmits information to our brain for processing. Vision occurs when this image is electrically transmitted to the brain for analysis and response. BriAnna’s work suggests this process for me—as a visual representation of how the eye captures an image, or how our brain translates an image into a memory.”
The latest airing of S&S Radio featured another hour with Patient Sounds (where all 60 minutes of sound are exceptionally patient/from the PS catalog), followed by a guest mix by Tokyo-based artist Takahiro Yorifuji, who records immense and highly immersive work as Hakobune.
Hour One: [PS02]
Braeyden Jae – Wanting Memory
Gunwale – Hilda
Ocean Bump – Superficially and Foolishly
Dura – The Tempest Calm [excerpt]
Hakobune – heathered
The Variable Why – looking at the triangles
Sun Pack – Keyweed
M. Sage – Asleep in the Vestibule (Parade) [excerpt]
L’eternebre – Orange Blood
Hour Two: [Hakobune mix]
Park and Rec – Ida
Parks and Rec – Gather Up
Old Softy – Bags
Peril Hill – Clarion Call
AQUAE – Duas Portas Para Uma Sala
Rie Nakajima – Four Forms pt.1
Střed Světa – Tvorem v tíži země (Basic House Rub)
Blanket – Time
David Andree – Breach (surrounded)
Lucy – Asch Paradigm
Metazmazina – Antagonist
DJ Sprinkles – Oh, Yoko – Seashore (Sprinkles’ Ambient Ballroom)
Next show is Tuesday, May 26th, around 10PM on Newtown Radio.
In anticipation, Ellie Herring has kindly provided this concise statement of cosmic fire—22 hyperactive minutes, masterfully arranged, fittingly without a tracklist in sight. Enjoy, whether in Boston tomorrow night or not.
Over the years, the universe of Monster Rally—hypnotic, sample-based exotica and vibrant collage work—has continued to expand and intrigue. Ted’s highly imaginative and productive spirit makes him an ideal collaborator (he was the first artist we thought to dream with). And as such, he’s an excellent choice to lead us all into the second year of Singles Club. The quarterly record club and music journal is releasing its 5th issue, today, with an expansive and beautifully presented digital feature alongside a new single available to subscribers on clear 7″ vinyl.
The A-side above, a vignette from multiple vantages, opens in stride, guided by spiraling arpeggios and real-time narration (“you’re slipping…), before resting briefly inside a beatless sequence. Things then pick up again, in a slightly different groove and place altogether—perhaps a ballroom under the stars—disorienting, pleasant… quintessential Monster Rally.
The B-side, an audio interview, gives a thoughtful glimpse into creative process and beyond. Explore the issue here.