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Ecker & Meulyzer present intriguing new project against climate change; short doc video available

Carbon LP promotional photo, by Geert Goiris
Carbon LP promotional photo, by Geert Goiris
Emptyset’s Subtext label has announced an exceptional music project around “capitalocene” and genetic diversity preservation against climate change. A nice documentary style video is also available, previewing an excerpt of the second track of the album.

Carbon” is made of field recordings from Norway’s Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a secure seed bank in the Arctic archipelago – an area which is warming faster than anywhere else on earth.

Featuring close, supple, cold, and brutal sonics, “Carbon” is the new album of Ecker & Meulyzer aka Stray Dogs, an experimental duo also known for recording their works in a deconsecrated church and the cooling tower of a former power station. The “Carbon” project began in 2017 to meditate on the many challenging questions and contradictions raised by the Svalbard landscapes and our current predicament, under commission for the dance piece of the pioneering Ina Christel Johannesen, titled “Frozen Songs”.

Carbon” is due out mid November on Emptyset’s Subtext, label to explore the physical properties of sound through experimental electronic and composed instrumental music. The ecological impact of the production of this record will be compensated through a carbon offsetting program too.

In other news, Subtext is about to release also PYUR album “Oratorio for the Underworld” – following full-length by Ellen Arkbro, Xin, Joshua Sabin, UCC Harlo, Gonçalo Penas this year – while Subtext label heads Emptyset are releasing via Thrill Jockey the first album fully made by Artificial Intelligence, “Blossoms”, both due out between the 10th and the 11th of October.

Koenraad Ecker, also part of Opal-Tapes affiliate duo Lumisokea, works between electroacoustic music, field recording, stage performances, audiovisual installations, film sound design and texts. Frederik Meulyzer is a percussionist, also active through the Belgian jazz band Hamster Axis of the One-Click Panther, contemporary music and theatre company Post Uit Hessdalen, and experimental psych-krautrock band Slumberland.

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