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Lifeblood of Light and Rapture

by Yann Novak

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Remote_ I thought I would never love one of Yann's releases as much as I do 'Relocation.Reconstruction'. Turns out I was wrong. This four piece work is sonically incredible - deep, moody, notably musical and full of tension and beauty. The atmospheres and sound design are exemplary and allow you to drift unhindered into a sonic world that's at once welcoming and beautiful as well as sometimes dark and a little more challenging. Just superb in every way. Favorite track: Dark, Perplexing, Ruptures of Plane.
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Richard Richard This is the work of an artist at the height of his powers, and somewhat of a sea change for Novak. Neo-Berlin School; the final piece could open for Werner Herzog's 'Aguirre'. Mature synthesis.
I would also recommend 'Relocation. Reconstruction' (I consider it to be his masterwork).
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When I began working on Lifeblood of Light and Rapture I was thinking a lot about both my personal and society’s tendencies towards nihilism. When I was in grade school, I was taught that 2020 would be the turning point in our collective fight against climate change—that if we did not change by then, there would be no turning back.

After learning this at a young age, I watched helplessly as little was done to save the planet. It made me certain that I would not live to see past 2020. It was this moment in my childhood, along with so many other experiences in the 80s and 90s, that led me to a hedonistic coming of age. I pursued anything that would transport me away from the darkness in the world and its inevitable doom.

Now that 2020 has come and gone, I have the luxury of hindsight. I can look back and see that so many of my decisions were made not to destroy myself, but in order to self-medicate. In my teens and twenties, the world was a difficult place to inhabit, but I could use chemicals and other distractions to cope. Similarly, as it turns out, this is also the story of the industrial, technological, and digital revolutions. Even though the intention of these eras was to make the world an easier place to live in, most of the progress attributed to them over the last two centuries has directly contributed to the climate crisis. On Lifeblood of Light and Rapture, I wanted to explore this parallel—that so many of the things we do to try and make this world liveable also contribute to its destruction.

Formally, this album follows the path I set out on with Slowly Dismantling. I sought to express myself in a more immediate and honest way through the use of digital and analog synthesis. With Lifeblood of Light and Rapture, I built upon this same path; but I also tried to imagine the listening experience over the process of making it, focusing solely on the pure pleasure of listening. I hope this record breaks that cycle, that it can achieve its intended purpose of bringing light into the world without causing any damage.

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released June 25, 2021

Composed by Yann Novak December 2020.
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space.
Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music, UK.

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Yann Novak Los Angeles, California

Yann Novak is a queer interdisciplinary artist and composer based in Los Angeles. His work is guided by his interests in perception, context, movement, and the felt presence of direct experience. Through the use of sound and light, Novak explores how these intangible materials can act as catalysts to focus our awareness on our present location in space and time. ... more

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