Moonlow, the “apocalyptic noise poetry” project from Duncan Evans (Ex-A Forest of Stars, and now using the pseudonym “Dust”) has just released his song "Day 1 (You Have No Enemy) via Alternative Control. The song is from his upcoming album Who Are You? Which will be released on CD and tape via Trepanation Recordings in October.
Dust commented “Day 1 (You Have No Enemy)” is the beginning of an existential and often nightmarish journey into the depths of the self via the medium of “apocalyptic noise poetry”. The lyrics were written during a time of confusion and fear, and they set the scene for the journey of the album. I fired up a synth and conjured some bleak soundscapes. In the end end I kept the demo vocals (recorded on the in-built computer mic) as I liked the feel and the scratchy lo-fi sound. I added another voice later on to represent a dialogue between different contradictory aspects of the self. I hope people can connect with the music and maybe even reach a kind of meditative state while listening. Dust."
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Who Are You? encourages the listener to enter into a quasi-religious communion with elements of the self. The record was written and recorded very quickly in a stream-of-consciousness haze of illness and fear. The listener is invited to join the twists and nuances of this existential journey by allowing Dust’s musical and verbal outpourings of the soul to cleanse them.
The lyrics - often spoken, whispered, or screamed - interrogate concepts and metaphysical entities including death, fear, pain, God, nature, hope, joy and love. The pieces follow a nine-day period and then leave the door open for what may or may not be coming next.
The music, which was composed and recorded almost simultaneously with very little planning, is often abrasive and intentionally avoids traditional structures. However, as well as longing, desperation and despair, there is also calm, tranquility and peace to be found within the ambient textures. Most of the sound sources are synthetic but there are a few “real instruments” in certain places. Everything was performed, arranged, produced, mixed and mastered by Dust other than the guest vocals on one piece by Aryeh.
This is cathartic music in which you can lose yourself. You might even find yourself again, if you need to. Who Are You?
Who Are You? will be released in CD, cassette and digital formats on Trepanation Recordings in Autumn 2020.