Artist
Label
Kuedo
Severant
Planet Mu
/
2022
2LP
29.99/32.99
ZIQ309X
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Tracklist
1Visioning Shared Tomorrows
2Ant City
3Whisper Fate
4Onset (Escapism)
5Scissors
6Truth Flood
7Reality Drift
8Ascension Phase
9Salt Lake Cuts
10Seeing The Edges
11Flight Path
12Vectoral
13As We Lie Promising
14Work, Live & Sleep Incollapsing Space
15Shutter Light Girl
16Memory Rain

Kuedo's classic 2011 album »Severant« reissued ondouble vinyl for the first time, and with a bonus track. The cover artwork has been redesigned by Raf Rennie (Who also designed Kuedo's recent album on Brainfeeder, »Infinite Window«).

In terms of feeling, »Severant« explores the space between the detached world of the imagination and the real-time world; that feeling of coming out of a daydream, on the edge of the drift from the day-to-day grind. Jamie says of this moment ”As reality shapes imagination and escapism affects your choices in the real world, there is a strange relational loop between the two and the space in between the two. There’s a bitter sweetness in that gap, it has a certain emotive quality, kind of in between being and non-being”.

Again, musically »Severant» is inspired by related themes. It sounds as if it’s in a sweet spot between the emotive, innately futurist synth soundtracks of Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, borne from a time when the very idea of futurism was more prevalent, in combination with musical ideas and inspiration from the emotionally ambivalent, materialist fantasies of ‘coke rap‘ such as The Clipse. Rhythmically the record is influenced by what Jamie calls ”the two ultra modern musics of modern times”, footwork from Chicago, which Planet Mu has explored in depth on its recent releases, and again the drum machine grids of coke rap. Jamie says ”I wanted to capture a really futurist sentiment, kind of melancholy and grand luminescent, so I used the instrument that most evokes that for me - that sweeping Vangelis brass sound.” And on coke rap he talks about the emotional ‘half being’ of the music, the energetically charged, detached ambivalence of the MCs, and the admission that the MCs could be ”fantasising without admitting to doing so.”