out soon: Crosspolar – 51.2763° N, 30.2219° [Vaknar]

 

Artist:
Crosspolar

 

Title:
51.2763° N, 30.2219°

 

Label:
Vaknar

 

Cat#:
VAK09

 

Release Date:
30th November 2018

 

Format:
Cassette & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Intermission 1 – Parousia

A2.
…And Then We Heard The Sirens

A3.
Nord

A4.
Intermission 2 – Miasma

A5.
Masts, Antennas, Towers

A6.
Intermission 3 – Redshift

B1.
Stadium _Avanhard_

B2.
Dreamliner

C1-D1.
Pripyat Transmissions (Chapters I, II & III)

 

Press Info:
Soviet Utopias; The Ninth nuclear city of Pripyat was the title to a personal investigation about a town that has been largely forgotten by history; Pripyat. Located in the Northern Ukraine, Pripyat was situated just next to the city of Chernobyl and served as the second largest municipal to accommodate power plant workers and scientist of the former Soviet Union. Then one fateful event changed the lives of these 50,000 individuals, leaving the entire nuclear city and its landmarks vacant.

Crosspolar, himself a resident of a former Soviet state, sonically explores this topic on 51.2763° N, 30.2219° through the aid of FM-transmitters and receivers, re-recording audio in physical locations to imprint the sonic characteristic and traits of the former nuclear city.

The Conceptual framework of the album was conceived from a series of documented interviews, all held with children of former Pripyat residents, recorded by the label with the consent of each participant.

The outcome see’s Crosspolar reflect on the subject through a sonic palette that fittingly recalls both, utopian futurism and dystopian void. Themes of decay and desolation are as present as moments of emotional reconciliation and monumental grandeur.

In the end the album forms the basis for a cultural sound exchange, an experiment that prompts the question; in what ways can we can reapproach history through a sonic lens? And while these pieces remain personal insights they can also act as conduits to raise awareness about the subject matter and further act as a basis for exploring our obsession with the past and how we choose to remember it.

 

Listen:
soon

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Dreamliner”

“Intermission 2: Miasma”

“…And Then We Heard The Sirens”

more soon

 

Videos:
“…And Then We Heard The Sirens”

Videos made by the29nov films

 

Special:
“June 2018”

 

Recommendations:
Anasisana’s “Stuck Between Worlds Colliding” on Vaknar
OAKE’s “Live in Marseille” on Vaagner
Zen Zsigo’s “Winter Orbit EP” on Vaagner

 

Buy Cassette:
soon

 

Buy Digital:
soon

 

Websites:
Vaagner, parent label of Vaknar

 

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