One-man solo drone/ambient project Thisquietarmy (Eric Quach, also of Destroyalldreamers, Mains De Givre & Ghidrah), is attempting to salvage 2020 and finish strong with a new release, the first (of several) collaboration with drummer Michel “Away” Langevin from Canadian sci-fi metal legends Voivod called “The Singularity, Phase I”. Slated for a December 4th released on Quebec’s indie label P572, the album comes as an intriguing, multi-faceted sci-fi post-drone metal experiment, and to celebrate, we have teamed up with Thisquietarmy and Away to give you their Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies!
The first collaborative sci-fi drone metal album from Thisquietarmy (Eric Quach) and Michel Langevin of Voïvod. The two world travellers secretly recorded hours of music together, and this is only phase one. 500 copies pressed on neon blue vinyl. Heavyweight 24pt flip side jacket with printed inner sleeve and mysterious spot matte varnish. Comes with an Away glow-in-the-dark silkscreen art print and a postcard.
Comments the label: “Out of this world music for a truly strange year. Powerful slow-build metal over blissful sonic-drone-dreamscapes, summoning images of the future. The only official release of the year for P572, it’s a reminder that no matter how bizarre things get, there’s always important music to hear. You can listen to your vinyl in the dark and see the artwork glow by your side.”
“𝑊𝑒 𝑝𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑, 𝑤𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑦𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑝𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑆𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 – 𝑎 ℎ𝑦𝑝𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑝𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑡 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑡𝑒𝑐ℎ𝑛𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑔𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑡ℎ 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑢𝑛𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑟𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒, 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑢𝑛𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑐𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑎𝑠 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚𝑒.”
– shares Eric Quach.
He further explains the concept of the album: “To further the abstraction of this analogy, we decided to name the titles using the binary system commonly found in digital electronic circuitry and computerized devices, thus leaving each track open to interpretation rather than imposing, for instance, futuristic interstellar imageries with the help of oppressive tangible titles. The Greek letters preceding the binary number, often used in mathematics and science, refer of course to the LP face side as we firstly and foremostly conceived the music to the specs of a vinyl record.”
𝑊𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑤𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑖𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑠𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛, 𝑎𝑑𝑎𝑝𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑖𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑟𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛.
“Electrical signals and reactive impulses would start flowing through circuits and devices, through nebulous distortion, phasing modulation, cascading delays and feedbacking repetition, and then captured by static loop samplers. Its data, perpetually overwriting and crushing onto themselves with an infinite range of frequencies to the point where they overload, saturate and spin out of control, mutating chaotically and immutably, unpredictably taking lives of their own through paths imperceptible to organic senses.
Meanwhile, these humans are trying to contain the dissonance and the discordance, to tame it back on its tracks, to shape these waves of sonic vortex auspiciously until they become somehow coherent again, as much in the moment as in post-production correction, compensation and damage control. Rinse and repeat the mathematical erratic, the dubious cypher, the volatile reckoning… until the phases are thus successfully achieved.”
Thisquietarmy / Michel “Away” Langevin’s collaborative top 10 sci-fi films and how it relates to the album concept:
Michel Langevin (Away):
1- The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
2- Blade Runner (1982)
3- The Road Warrior (1981)
4- Brazil (1985)
5- Dark City (1998)
Eric Quach (Thisquietarmy):
1- 1984 (1984)
2- Soylent Green (1973)
3- Children of Men (2006)
4- Akira (1988)
5- The Lobster (2015)