Limited edition CD (200 copies) + download code
Released on Moving Furniture Records (MFR066) on October 19, 2018
“The common matter of all things is the Great Mystery, which no certain essence and prefigured or formed idea could comprehend, nor could it comply with any property, it being altogether void of color and elementary nature.” Michael Griffin – The Human Alchemy
Alchemy, the art of creation by combination, proceeds in accordance with the experiences of the alchemist, who may explain the obscure by means of the more obscure – ‘obscurum per obscurius’. Explaining the riddles of matter involved the projection of yet another mystery, namely the alchemist’s own gaze and approach, into what was to be explained. Today, alchemy is commonly understood as a premature stage of chemistry, which is seen as superior due to its commitment to scientific rationality and objectivity.
The tracks on this album were composed over an extended period of time through a laborious and intensive practice, in which moments of creative inspiration and creation, fraught with possibility, have ultimately become obscured in the final work presented here. This is nothing to lament, for any act of creation ultimately actualizes a multitude of possibilities in some particular form. The alchemist accepts and embraces this fact, whilst allowing this multitude, the realm of the obscure, to continue to resonate in the ongoing act of creation.
Moving Furniture excels at curating work by new or relatively unknown artists. In this current batch of releases, that artist is Matthijs Kouw from Utrecht. His evocative “Obscurum Per Obscurius” album is a good representative of the Moving Furniture sound and an ideal entry-point for anyone wanting to begin investigating the label. It contains nine untitled compositions of darkly elegant electronic drone music, each one charting a singular path of focused burbling intensity for several minutes, just enough time for a small number of sounds to establish themselves, turn in place or shift gradually sideways, and then move on to the next idea. Throughout, there is a veneer of edge-of-feedback howl lurking behind these rounded hums, imparting a subtly threatening edge to music that might otherwise have sunk into the background. Howard Stelzer in Vital Weekly 1153.
Matthijs Kouw: music.
Stephan Mathieu: mastering.
Aldje van Meer: artwork.