Later this spring RAAR releases the first full length album from label co-founder Maelstrom. Maelstrom’s chilling debut album is called ‘Her Empty Eyes’ and is presented as the outline of a sonic novel about the Spanish civil war.
Maelstrom’s debut album pays tribute to the world of comics and is a soundtrack to an imaginary novel taking place between 1936 and 1939 in Spain. The album’s content focuses on a female photojournalist as she navigates and documents war torn Spain.
Maelstrom: ‘As a kid I was a voracious reader. I used to live in stories. I used to go to sleep dreaming I’d wake up inside one of them. Sometimes I still do, and this album has been recorded inside one of these dreams. During the last 12 months, my music started to become the soundtrack of an imaginary novel taking place between 1936 and 1939 in Spain.”
The French producer’s grim new sound is partially rooted in a new recording technique based on self hypnosis. ‘My recording method has drastically changed since I started experimenting with Milton H. Erickson’s self hypnosis techniques about a year ago. I went from overthinking every part of the recording process multiple times over, resulting in dozens of versions of each of my tracks, to a state where thinking wasn’t part of the equation anymore.’
‘Self hypnosis is quite impossible to describe – more than anything, it’s a way to fully exist in the present. After a few weeks of experimentation, it became possible for me to record tracks in one take, without feeling any urge to refine or rework them. I would switch on the studio, work on a sound palette, and then press play and record, every day.’
‘Her Empty Eyes’ is out on May 19th through RAAR. Check out the stunning ‘A Victory at Teruel’ below.