New EP by Joe Ford. Originally a dnb artist now madman. Real Talk and Culture are must listens. Wow this guy is an envelope pusher for sure.
New Burial! Full EP stream. Out on 17th of December.
New release on our label. For fans of conceptual multi-genre music. What do you think?!
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Ever since my search for an Outtallectuals A to Z of Post-Dubstep, and stumbling across the symphonic dubstep based beauty of A Requiem for a New World, I’ve been hooked on the music AZEDIA makes. Then I came across the track Fathom and realised that this band can really work its way around the spectrum and this is why I decided to write this review. This is all my personal perspective on the music, so please bear with the imprecise comparisons and descriptions.
The Life Goes On album starts in the form of Thunder & Lightning, a warm red carpet intro to the album. The pop sensibility is calming, not cheesy. The beautiful voice of Moonflwr reminds of that ethereal Bjork / Florence and the Machine / Willow Beats sound. Definitely a tone-setter opening to the album.
The second track Loved Again is a gigantic continuation of the intro track. It’s ‘looking back at your climb up the mountain and seeing the horizon’ type of epic. The atmosphere of the music is northern hemisphere autumn cold but the licks such as the guitar solo at the end of the track are tinder for the subtlest flames that keep you warm through the journey.
Refreshing to see the third track Leith Blur come out of the dubstep realm and take you to some 120ish bpm delight. With guitar licks sounding like Explosions in the Sky and housey Burial type beats in the background, the dreamy female vocals kick in to dance around the progressive path the song takes. There’s highly viscous fluidity in this music.
Dope points to the fact that the fourth one Honest is from yet another electronic sub-genre. A male vocals laden future garage one with pretty multi layered vocals and atmospherics. It’s one of those that have a certain prayer feel to it.
Track number 5 Absent starts insanely creatively. Almost Hawaiian beach style grooves give way to Elven operatic singing in a matter of 40 seconds before it all morphs into upbeat dub-based bliss. Definitely another prayer track right here. The timeless class up to this point in the album gives you a clear idea that the AZEDIA sound is unique enough to be remembered as its own. The choir singing is amazingly epic.
How Does It Make You Feel? Track 6 minimally makes you feel tripped out the maximum amount. An extremely innovative track that lies somewhere between Bjork, Burial and arctic wolves on a midi pad controller. The whole package of sound doesn’t seem to be made from humans; it sounds like the murmur of holy ghosts in Himalayan valleys.
Next track Agony is another banger dubstep track that’s equally pleasing for Mt Eden, Nadia Ali and Evanescence fans. It’s one of those symphonic metal anthems that are made in an electronic environment. Despite the electronic feel, there is a stadium sized twin guitar solo towards the end that just guides the beauty up for a flight and back all the way down to sea level.
Ra picks up perfectly where agony left you. A fluid, sea-salt smelling, ocean swim drives the melancholically harmonic voice through the waters, waking up illuminating fluorescent creatures on coral reefs.
I’m basically listening to this album track by track and pouring out my thoughts without prior knowledge of any of it, and I’m highly amused that after the visual descriptions mentioned in the track before, I see the next track is called Leviathan. What I’m trying to say is that hopefully it’s more than a coincidence that the ocean swim track is followed by a sea-monster battle. Epic keyboard solos and heavy LFO’s here make Moby Dick feel tiny in comparison.
The final track wraps up the selection pretty well. Appropriately title-tracked Life Goes On, it’s a mixture of a lot of themes offered in the album and in a way it also indicates that the band could go on with the album, i.e. the Album Goes On. But 10 tracks clocking in at 54 minutes is much better than what many artists offer and it is definitely enough to keep any listener satisfied.
To wrap this writing all up, a few things should be said:
- AZEDIA is omni-dimensional certified. Definitely a band beyond genres. Wouldn’t even be surprised if their next album was post-rock/metal.
- It’s a breath of fresh air to see a band do what many producers chose to do individually. The existence of a band is epic; it’s real, and makes this music sound much more organic than its genre-kin.
- AZEDIA music production is extremely tight and well done and despite the flexibility of their style, they have definitely solidified a ‘sound’.
- The music is gold for anyone who is a fan of cold beautiful misty melancholic psychedelic music. It could be well and appropriately enjoyed on your player for the whole of autumn and winter. The wolf logo really couldn’t be more spot-on for this arctic strain of music.
Consider your ears aurally blessed and this music outtallectually certified. Question time!
1- AZEDIA. I googled it and I found that it means Sourness or Acidity in Portuguese… can you elaborate on the title choice?
The name was chosen from a random word of the day site because we thought it sounded cool! However we recently learned from our visual artist ISIS that Azadia means ‘the free ones’ in Farsi/Persian.
2- How did AZEDIA go from remixing songs to being a band with a heap of instruments?
We’ve always played in bands together, and we even included the live instrument stuff in our early bootlegs, so it was only natural for us to bring in all of our influences into this project. We never really decided it, thats just how this music has unfolded.
3- Do any of you come from a metal background?! There is definitely a militant feel to your music.
Absolutely! Learning Dream Theater songs taught us much about music.
4- How do you pull this off live? Do you bring out all the instruments in the live scenario? The genres and tempos are quite varied so is it more of a rave or gig scenario?
Apart from the two live-in-studio videos we did, we’ve never actually attempted a proper live gig yet. With a lot of preparation and rehearsal, it could be done. Definitely more of a gig vibe since we would not be using any backing tracks – everything would be played completely live on instruments and would sound a lot more rock’n’roll!
5- Did you guys have any specific or mystical reason for the 21.12.12 release of Requiem of the New World? Are you particularly into numerology?
The requiem was something we had wanted to do for many years, even before we started AZEDIA. What better time to do it than the end of the world as we knew it? Not so much interested in numerology as willing to accept that everything dies, including this man-made world we have all built. Doesn’t mean the earth will end though – Life Goes On!
6- A non-music related question that I like to ask artists is: What’s your opinion on synchronicity a.k.a serendipity moments?
The Requiem is a great example of this – everything coming into alignment at the exactly the right time.
7- There was an Alan Watts quote in one of your tracks. Can you give the readers another quote of your choice?
“Do or do not, there is no try” - Yoda
I’d love to hear your music in a stadium or festival main stage with all your shbang available. Best of luck with the album and the future.
Isis: Ception of the Humanoid is an experimental conceptual tempo changing electronic based genre buster. The idea behind it is best expressed when accompanied with the artwork done by the amazing Mujura, and with the following description in mind:
- Isis: the female life bearing concepts of life: the mother, the universe, the bearer of the cycles.
- Humanoid: the ever growing life form that we currently identify as humans.
- Ception: the different stages in life i.e. conception, inception, perception, reception, deception.
The first two minutes of this piece show the process of birth until a moment of ‘maturation’. This section starts at less than 30bpm and gradually works up to 999bpm before going back to 1bpm in a moment of reflection. Beyond this crucial point, the tempo of his existence stabilizes at 140bpm, yet the challenges that come up in the humanoid’s life-span incite various unpredictable elements. After a few periods of challenge, success, hardship and uncertainty, the humanoid’s time finally arrives, only to give way to another generation of humanoids. And the cycle regenerates…
released 07 December 2013
One of the extras from the Ethereality Vol.2 album cover photoshoot we had a few days ago. Two weeks until the release! For now check out Ethereality Vol.1 here.
All Rights and credits for the Outtallectuals team:
Photography: Mili Johnson & Arman Farinnia
Character: Mia Kastrup
Happenizationer: Aryan Ashoori
Face-painting: Elika Ashoori
Listen/purchase: Suspended in Moments by Kameronessi
So part of the album cover photo has been done. We had a photo shoot yesterday and it’s soon gonna fall in the hands of our boy Mujura for some crazy add-ons. Looking to solidify the release date. Excited to share this with ya’ll.