Ssaliva
WYIN
Collapsing Market
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2018
LP
17.59
CM005
Edition of 300 copies
Incl. VAT plus shipping / Orders from outside the EU are exempt from VAT
Tracklist
1Danger Came Smiling 5:13
2Hell Home 2:27
3a 4:27
4For All I Care 1:51
52drown 3:04
6b 2:30

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.