—Part 1: Trasmundo—
01. Perdí pie
02. Jardincito de rosa y tierra
03. Habitantes del desgarro
—Part II: Naturaleza muerta resucitando—
04. Cuerpo de gato
05. Fruta alrededor de una vela
—Part III: Rompiendo el círculo vicioso—
07. Círculo roto
08. Hilos de fantasía
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Galician drone/ambient duo trajedesaliva and Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter and pianist Maud The Moth (Amaya López-Carromero) have released their collab record, »Bordando el manto terrestre« (English: Embroidering the Earth’s Mantle), this Friday (26 May 2023). The album follows the different stages of the psychological maturation, human individualization, and spiritual evolution of Remedios Varo (a Spanish-born surrealist painter who lived in exile in Mexico until she died in 1963).
IDIOTEQ premiered the entire album ahead of its release date alongside a track-by-track breakdown offered by Maud The Moth, available AT THIS LOCATION.
Find the album on your preferred streaming media RIGHT HERE.
The album »Bordando el manto terrestre« is available digitally by the artists themselves and physically via Time Released Sound (vinyl, CD) and Woodford Halse (cassette); Order it physically and digitally on Bandcamp HERE.
The album »Bordando el manto terrestre« will be available on 26 May digitally by the artists themselves and physically via Time Released Sound (vinyl, CD) and Woodford Halse (cassette); Pre-order is available on Bandcamp.
»Bordando el manto terrestre« is a musical journey around the figure of Remedios Varo, a painter born in Spain in 1908, who lived in exile in Mexico until her death in 1963. This journey begins with an ocean-like motion, driven by the ruin of war and exile, and follows, in Mexico, the construction of a new intimate space flooded with light and wonder. This is a path of fantasy inhabited by captive moons, weavers of the cosmos and human gardens, and one in which to recover lost harmony and place ourselves in the world again.
Making use of analog synthesizers, an arsenal of acoustic instruments, and multifaceted voices, both art projects bring their respective idiosyncrasies to the palette, creating a soundtrack riddled with symbolism and references to the pictorial work of Remedios.
Like this work, the musical compositions and arrangements seek to explore subconscious associations and exploit the beauty of chance. Many of the instruments used in this album are sensitive to weather conditions or are found objects, pianos, or guitars which have fallen out of tune, providing notes with which to construct invented scales as if guided by the hand of a mystical Hildegardian god.
Unavena’s poems serve as a narrative structure, which frames the landscapes and territories sonically traversed.
The work has been mixed by Scottish producer Scott McLean (healthyliving, Falloch, Ashenspire), who also provided additional input in the sound design and played guitar on “Perla.”
Art direction and concept by unavena; artwork & design by Colin Herrick.
Inspirations & Motifs:
In all, the album follows the different stages of psychological maturation, human individualization, and spiritual evolution of Spanish-born Mexican painter Remedios Varo.
»Trasmundo«, the first part of the album, revolves around Remedios’ experience of exile and the reconfiguration of her own identity as a political refugee in Mexico, away from the rise of fascism in Europe at the time.
»Naturaleza Muerta Resucitando«, the second part of the oeuvre, delves into the central themes of transformations and transmutations in Remedios Varo’s works. This refers to the depiction of inanimate objects coming to life, or humans adopting the forms of animals, plants, insects, or even domestic objects. Remedios Varo’s unique sense of humor and her deep love for cats is also evident in her work.
»Rompiendo el círculo vicioso«, the final part of the album, speaks of restored harmony, depicting the journey of breaking through and finding freedom through the power of the creative force. Additionally, it narrates the personal experiences of homelessness and exile, as well as the transformative process of creating this collaborative album (from fear and uncertainty to fruitfulness).