I am not sure when will this post go live, but I’m writing it while at 10 000 meters height somewhere over the north of Italy on my way back to Berlin.

It’s July 17th and it’s been roughly 24 hours since n u a g e s sent me an email. It’s been a while since I’ve heard from the mysterious producer, but to this day I appreciate our random, yet somehow very personal email exchanges. I have no idea who this person actually is and the interview I did with him was the closest to knowing him. I’m honoured and humbled he’s sending me a preview of his work and I take this process with nothing, but absolute seriousness and respect. I’ve been inspired by his art for years now, so you can imagine how this whole thing feels. So, this is me, on a plane, writing about “untitled3” or at least that is the original file name he sent me.

ps for the record "evenings" does sound better than "untitled3"

My response to him? “…been listening to this on my balcony in the airbnb I’m staying at in Taormina, Italy and watching the city lights blend with the black sea surface for the past hour. The song feels like personal chat with someone I don't know, nor ever will. It makes me feel that everything is going to be alright.

The 3+ minutes composition is somehow different than his usual work, but it still dwells in the abstract space of experimental electronic music. "evenings" does feel a lot more hopeful though… and I love that. When I wrote the part about the personal chat with someone I don’t know, what I meant is those situations where you end up speaking with a stranger about personal things, knowing he would never enter your life nor will judge you about anything you say. That feeling of comfort and warmth knowing someone random does care about what you say, but the whole thing is absolutely temporary. Just here and now.

This whole thing reminded me of something I read recently. We are not "patches of life scattered through an infinite sea of non-living substance" but "specks of relative death in an infinite ocean of life." I don't know why. It just did.

You gotta love the minimalistic essence of the whole thing, which allows you to ease into that perfect zen mode. After more than 30 plays, I am nowhere near bored from the melody and those vocal chops. I keep discovering tiny new fragments... like the distant vocals echoing at 02:30 and don't quote me on this one, but they remind me of ensemble from my home country - a group called The Mystery Of Bulgarian Voices.

Anyhow, I think this is the longest I've written for some time now. Back in the early days of Stereofox I was pouring so much into these posts, it's insane... but I guess after 4-5k you kind of get worn down. That being said, it makes me happy there's still music that makes me want to write nonsense even though it is arguable whether I would have written so much if I wasn't on this plane right. Anyhow - I am diverging from the important thing here - did I mention how awesomely calming this song feels?

Internet stranger reading this, I hope you love this song as much as I do.

posted by Ivo
July 2019