Von Burning Shed:
Soyuz is the 2018 studio release from Norwegian Art Rockers Gazpacho.
The songs on Soyuz are a series of short interconnected stories about people frozen in time, with the tracks Soyuz One and Soyuz Out focusing on the first Russian Space capsule and its doomed captain.
Known for its distinctive sound that balances tense and beautiful arrangements, sinister and soulful melodic lines, Soyuz furthers Gazpacho’s growing reputation.
Available as a CD in mediabook with 24-page booklet and as a 180g vinyl version with 4-page booklet and download code (which includes a bonus track).
Pre-order for 18th May release.
All pre-orders come with a free 2-track download available on your account page after purchase. The free tracks are single Soyuz One plus an exclusive unreleased instrumental version of Know Your Time.
Das Jahr haut in Sachen Musik brutal mitten in die Feels.
EDIT: Sky Burial! *in embryohaltung am boden lieg*
Die beiden Soyuz Songs erinnern mich von der Stimmung her etwas an Tick Tock.
Das war übrigens zu negativ, das Album ist von vorne bis hinten großartig.Porcupine hat geschrieben:Erster Eindruck: Das Album fängt etwas unspektakulär an, spätestens ab dem vierten Song ist aber alles super.
Die beiden Soyuz Songs erinnern mich von der Stimmung her etwas an Tick Tock.
May 24: Maastricht Muziekgieterij, Netherlands
May 25: Uden De Pul, Netherlands
May 26: Zoetermeer De Boerderij, Netherlands
May 31: Aschaffenburg Colos-saal, Germany
Jun 01: Cologne Die Kantine, Germany
Jun 02: Leeuwarden Neushoorn, Netherlands
Köln am Brückentag klingt nach einem guten Plan.
Was die da an herzzerreißenden Melodien raushauen, darf doch echt nicht wahr sein.
Emperor Bespoke! Sky Burial! Fleeting Things!
Natürlich könnte ich jetzt meckern, welche Songs ich vermisst habe, aber das spielt eigentlich keine Rolle. Das was ich bekommen habe war auch so dermaßen geil dass ich mehrfach vor Begeisterung durchgedreht bin. Zusammen mit Steven Wilson das Konzert des Jahres bisher.
The album is about someone who decides that his "soul" is a result of the interaction between his consciousness and the deeper ancient life force that is the animal part of his being. The part that has successfully reproduced and survived in an unbroken line all the way back to the origin of life. The part of him that, in order to survive all the billions of lives it has lived, must have done things too terrible to fathom. Can you be a good person if a deep part of you is a cold unfeeling survival machine?
He dives into the caves of his mind to try and find this entity to confront it and, spoiler alert, finds it and has a conversation with it which leads to a very dark conclusion.
"But Gazpacho?" you say, "isn't making dark albums a sign of being one of those horrible emo rich kids complaining that life is shit from the back of their dad's Mercedes?". Well yes, but in this case we feel it is warranted because the conclusion is something that might be worthwhile to take on board (the Mercedes ha ha) and grow knowing that the Fireworker is working fires within you that, like all fires, must be managed and tamed before they spread too far and cause disaster.
When something makes a sudden loud noise, like a drum played by a large drummer during a morning soundcheck after a night of sampling German white wine by the Rhine (delicious Germany, just saying for the record), you flinch like hell. Your pulse rate skyrockets and before you yourself realise what happened, something that overrides your inputs in the cockpit, has put you in a state of fight or flight in milliseconds. If this thing can override the "you" part of you, is it a part of you at all or a foreign entity? Is it, and here is the key to whole thing, A PARASITE using you as a vehicle to extend its lifespan into the future and using you with no concern for your well being or interests at all?
More is explained in the excerpts from the official press release below but with these thoughts we leave you and wish you all, including your Fireworkers, a HAPPY WEEKEND. Keep socially distancing and do it with the style that always characterised you and made you universally loved and respected by your peers.
"Fireworker will be released on Kscope on 18th September, on CD, a gatefold 2LP on 180g black vinyl (3 sides audio, 1 side art etching) and digitally (digital pre-orders receive the title track “Fireworker” as an instant download) and is available to pre-order
Conceptually, the album follows the band’s tradition of blending grand philosophical quandaries, stimulating literary leanings, and haunting personal turmoil. In a way, it acts as the culmination of the themes and techniques that’ve decorated earlier collections, combining the fatalistic isolation of Night and Missa Atropos; the ill-fated narrative drama of Tick Tock and Soyuz; and the hefty theological/scientific contemplations of Demon and Molok. Beyond that, its central premise (that humanity has always been controlled by an infallible and omniscient creature determined to propagate at any cost) means that Fireworker comes across like the overarching umbrella under which all of its predecessors occur.
Keyboardist Thomas Andersen elucidates: “There’s an instinctual part of you that lives inside your mind, separate from your consciousness. I call it the ‘Fireworker’ or the ‘Lizard’ or the ‘Space Cowboy.’ It’s an eternal and unbroken lifeforce that’s survived every generation, with a new version in each of us. It’s evolved alongside our consciousness, and it can override us and control all of our actions.” In order to get us to do what it wants, he clarifies, the “Fireworker” will silence the parts of our mind that feel disgust or remorse so that we’re unable to stop it. The conscious part of our mind, Andersen notes, will actually “rationalize and legitimize” those thoughts and actions so that we never discover the beast behind-the-scenes. No matter how we feel about ourselves in terms of identity, accomplishments, and value, we’re all just vessels—or “Sapiens”—that the creature uses until it no longer needs us. “If you play along,” Andersen explains, “It’ll reward you like a puppy and let you feel fantastic; if you don’t, it’ll punish you severely.”
Like Night, Fireworker is a single “trip” broken into five chapters but meant to be appreciated all at once. This time, however, Gazpacho’s recurring protagonist is investigating the labyrinthian hive of his own psyche to engage in a Bergman-esque confrontation with the “Fireworker.” This journey is even represented by the Wimmelbilder cover, which, as usual, was designed by collaborator Antonio Seijas and depicts “the billions of neurons that create the cave of the mind”.
Fireworker declares its mesmeric dominance right away via “Space Cowboy,” a side-long suite whose ominous lyricism (“The parasite / That lives in me / Murders words / From where I stop / And it breathes in / We’re biting our tail / The cycle begins”) is but one of many reasons why it’s among Gazpacho’s greatest compositions. From its heartbreakingly delicate first movement and chaotic centerpiece, to its mournfully symphonic penultimate phase and thunderous outro, it is a masterpiece onto itself, cementing how vivacious, evocative, and imaginative Gazpacho remain after all these years.
From there, the sequence remains just as seductively eccentric and beautiful. In particular, “Hourglass” is a gorgeous piano ballad that evokes March of Ghosts in its fusion of welcoming melodies and gentle orchestral flourishes. That then make way for the feisty layers and catchy hooks of the band’s first single and title track “Fireworker.” Fittingly, “Antique” takes over with angelic mystery and the album closer “Sapien,” echoes the dynamic range and epic scope of “Space Cowboy,” resulting in an awe-inspiring finale that envelops you in luscious arrangements and poignant existential realizations.
Fireworker is truly life-changing experience, so you would be wise to turn off all of the lights, clear your mind as best you can, and prepare to meet the Fireworker.
Sadly, due to the current covid-19 situation the band’s European and UK dates scheduled for October 2020 have been postponed to October 2021, but as the band didn’t want to disappoint their fans Gazpacho are planning to play Fireworker in its entirety via a livestream, alongside a Q&A about the concept plus will play a few favourites from their repertoire. Details of the event and the rescheduled tour will follow soon.
In the meantime, they suggest, you should internalize the record as much as possible to eventually “research your own ‘Space Cowboy.’” Anderson adds: “It’s an attempt at a safe way of looking at something highly dangerous because the animal does not understand music or poetry. We’re trying to outsmart it by writing around it, as music can go places words can’t and there’s a magic to it all.”