Ssaliva

WYIN

Collapsing Market CM005
  • LP: Edition of 300 copies
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Collapsing Market host this captivating set of quixotic ambient scenes realised by Ssaliva, a Belgian electronic musician with sterling form for Leaving Records, Ekster, Vlek and Purple Tape Pedigree, among others. Pulling together blink-and-miss material from his Bandcamp along with previously unheard works, WYIN coherently highlights a broader period of work than any of Ssaliva’s other releases, framing a probing and adventurous spirit at work in its element; modern digital ambient composition.

Coming off the back of Collapsing Market’s reissue of Tschashm-e-Del, an archival radio play of Persian Classical music conducted by the label’s grandfather, Morteza Hannaneh, their first Ssaliva entry keeps the label outlook as mutable as ever with a natural focus on atmosphere and feelings connoting existential angst and solitary psychedelia. It’s a product of its contemporary environment, which, more than ever, is bleakly electronic and at the mercy of rabid socio- economics, as symbolised in sleeve’s illustration of a financial trader’s open palm, contrasting with the front cover’s zoomed in image of blood-spattered textures.

In six parts he just about keeps his head above the waves and acres of negative space, firstly buoyed by choral voices in Danger Came Smiling, then against the discordant fulgurite of Hell/ Home, which both make the sublime timbral relief of a that much more effective, in the same way that the hyperreal, acrid sensation of For All I Care, the crystalline dimensions of 2drown and the spiralling, elusive complexity of b reflect and express the modern world with an intangible accuracy perhaps best compared to Arca.

Ssaliva: WYIN

Danger Came Smiling Ssaliva
Hell Home Ssaliva
a Ssaliva
For All I Care Ssaliva
2drown Ssaliva
b Ssaliva

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