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MP3 EP 2017 | Silber 235
3 tracks, 23 minutes
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: Press Release
: Video for Nightfall
Been a while since we went gooey eyed and weak at the knee at the prospect of new Silber endorsed groove. Latest batch of platters features the debut material by Moon Gravity entitled ‘Antarctica’. Better known to kith n’ kin as Stas Neilyk, he is a sonic alchemist whose slow burn atmospheric artistry is informed by the late 80’s New Zealand minimalist noise scene, the same school that influenced the celebrated Kranky imprint. As the title of this three track EP might hint, ‘Antarctica’ is inspired by the desolate beauty of the polar regions, between the silence and storming rage of these most forbidding regions of weather extremes, Moon Gravity tailors a symphonic palette that sighs to the landscapes stilled and deathly majesty, the sounds despite their sparse toning are lushly coloured and lulling not to mention poised and punctuated in a statuesque detailing, the best moment of which without doubt being the drop dead ethereal and elegiac ‘Snowstorm’ which manages sumptuously to find a protective safe hole from the punishing freeze somewhere between Roy Montgomery’s ‘true’ and Tex La Homa’s ‘dazzle me with transience’. Elsewhere the beautifully demurring ‘nightfall’ is kissed with a reclining Flying Saucer Attack lilt whose slo-mo seduction comes graced in the kind of hymnal hue we’ve come to expect of Cheval Sombre and of late Hey Exit while ‘purpling’ rounds up matters and leads events to the end groove though not before spraying all in dream drifted haloes of snow burning radiance whilst possessed of an intimately dinked sonic seduction that to these ears sounds like a stars going out tearful farewell orchestrated by the criminally underappreciated Yellow6.
~ The Sunday Experience
The cool sounds of ice particles floating in the air has been captured in sonic form by Stockholm’s ‘Moon Gravity’. The three track release, Antarctica, glides in glacial beauty. It was officially released back on the 27th February via Silber Records and is available to buy/download right now.
Iridescent layers spiral round the eardrum in Nightfall. A faint drone ebbs and flows in Snowstorm, before sharp shards of guitar build into something substantial. A dusting of vocal adds to the atmosphere and it gets truly deep and dark when the bass kicks in. The cosmic rays of Purpling spread out into the wintry sky like the Northern Lights.
~ Primal Music
Moon Gravity is the recording project of Stas Neilyk from Sweden (and formerly of shoegaze/dream pop band Star Horse). Their debut release, a mini-album titled Antarctica, is coming out very soon on Silber Records, and today we’re happy to unveil the record in it’s entirity.
Neilyk describes the album as “a three track representation of the Antarctic polar night, starting at the onset of winter, as the sun disappears for a good couple of months and ending just as the first rays start climbing the horizon.” Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the predominant image on Antarctica is that of the cold. Moon Gravity use all of the tools in the shoegaze/ambient arsenal to conjure a dark and frozen wasteland, soaring glacial guitars and shimmering indistinct vocals, not unlike the aurora borealis that grace the cover.
‘Nightfall’ opens with a gentle melancholy, the levity shot through the track slowly dropping away, first into deep drone and then an eventual insulated hush, allowing the song to be transcendental in a way unique to last things. ‘Snowstorm’ forms from within this blanketed quiet, the ebbing hum punctuated by echoing noise like some vast geological force creeping over a barren land. The intensity gathers over the mammoth play-length, becoming loud and mean and awesome in the way of natural phenomena too big for us to fully grasp. An insistent drum beat kicks in around the eight-minute mark as the nebulous atmosphere shrinks inwards and a sense of forward motion returns, dragging the release through to the closer ‘Purpling’, an airy number of celestial swirls and luminous peaks. The finale of the entire thing has planetary weight, slow and huge and glorious, operating according to strict laws yet appearing somehow above them, as though some God could not resist this part of his jigsaw being cast with wonder.
~ Liam Doyle, Wake the Deaf
I musicisti del Grande Nord si sono spesso cimentati nel tentativo di rendere con le sette note le atmosfere delle loro terre lontane e disabitate, colori come l'immenso, abbagliante bianco delle distese a perdita d'occhio di neve e ghiaccio o quelli fluorescenti e cangianti che pennellano il cielo nelle aurore australi e posseggono in sÚ la magia di un mondo irreale e incantato e la travolgente estasi dell'esperienza psichedelica. Adesso tocca a Moon Gravity, moniker del musicista di Stoccolma Stas Neilyk, mettersi alla prova con questo EP d'esordio che sposta l'attenzione agli antipodi della loro terra verso l'Antartico, continente immenso e spopolato regno di ghiacci millenari. Tre i brani in scaletta, una sorta di suite a cogliere tre momenti diversi: il sole sparisce dietro l'orizzonte, l'aurora australe annuncia l'arrivo della lunga notte polare, oscuritÓ e gelo implacabile si preparano ad avvolgere la terra per mesi (Nightfall), dopo essere sprofondati nella notte arriva una tempesta di neve a rendere ancor pi¨ spettrale un paesaggio preda di forze immani e oscure (Snowstorm), ma infine i primi timidi squarci di luce vengono a riportare la calma sugli immensi spazi del continente disabitato (Purpling).
“Antarctica” Ŕ un viaggio sonoro lungo l'inquieta atmosfera glaciale e l'oscuritÓ di un paesaggio estremo, poco meno di venticinque minuti che ci trascinano fra la pace annichilente del nulla, del buio e l'angosciosa paura di tempeste assolute che sembrano non finire mai, fra lo stupore per i giochi di luce e la rinascita annunciata dai primi raggi di sole. Musicalmente Stas Neilyk utilizza i synth per evocare i grandi e turbinosi spazi, mentre le chitarre, dal suono gelido ed emotivamente distaccato, di chiara derivazione shoegaze, si perdono in implacabili drones ipnotici. Un esperimento riuscito fra shoegaze e ambient, con incursioni in sonoritÓ post rock e noise.