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Substance (Ambient Mega Mix)


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The soundscape work Substance (Ambient Megamix) is a continuation of the previous album released in early 2020 by Moisture. This album (bearing the title Substance) was largely inspired by Burroughs 1959 novel Naked Lunch, and in particular his first impression of the city of Malmö from a short trip in 1953 which he details briefly in the book. His bleak encounter describes "'(... ) averted eyes and the cemetery in the middle of town (every town in Sweden seems to be built around a cemetery), and nothing to do in the afternoon (...)".

While the album Substance was thematically based around the book and its link to Malmö this so-called "Ambient Megamix" is a product of the cut-up technique often associated with Burroughs and his collaborator Brion Gysin. Fragments of the eleven tracks that make up the album have been cut out and repurposed into a separate work in order to reveal its true meaning, a form of divination ritual as Burroughs thought of it. "When you cut into the present the future leaks out" he stated once in regards to the practice. By cutting into his own work the artist Moisture is attempting a distillation of its substance, opening a new pathway to possible narratives.


released March 26, 2021

Recorded and Produced by Moisture. Mastered by Antony Ryan at RedRedPaw. Artwork by Henrik Stelzer.


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MOISTURE Malmö, Sweden

"The aesthetics of the lo-fi ethos in current music stems from nostalgia, which itself stems from
the more sober insight that we are living at the tail-end of history. A steady trend of poor recording quality seems a more obvious indicator of cultural capital rather than monetary, in a technological era where the idea of a perfect sound in music recording has run its course."

- Simon Eliasson
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