The Ostgut sub-label A-Ton has a growing catalog spanning the mediums of audio and visual. Described as ‘an edition label’ the growing imprint embodies late night legacy of the club, founders, and followers. In just a few short releases the emerging arm of Berghain’s ever-growing catalog features works of art that go beyond a musician audio work. This time British electronic musician Inland aka Ed Davenport delivers an LP debut based on his soundtrack for a video installation by conceptual artist Julian Charrière. A perfect balance of collaboration between sights and sounds, an early look at the album is underground bliss.
Titled ‘An Invitation to Disappear’, Inland’s arrival on A-Ton is a powerful blend of club sounds that tell a story. Davenport has recast the material and field recordings into eight tracks of rhythmically intricate electronics and spectral, ambient techno. As the first track to see the light of day, Wirecam weaves and acidic melody with building tones of the dance floor.
Both the album and original soundtrack were created in response to the 200th anniversary of the eruption of Indonesia’s Tambora volcano in 1815, which plunged the world into darkness and caused a series of extreme weather conditions. At the time, the natural climate change crisis resulted in numerous global famines and is known throughout the northern hemisphere as “The Year Without Summer”, with global communities forced to adapt to sudden radical changes in temperature and weather.
An Invitation To Disappear offers a contemporary parallel, leading viewers – and listeners – down a seemingly endless direct path of gridded palms from dawn to dusk; a bio-commercial monoculture where ancient jungle once flourished. Light flickers between rows of fruit-laden trees and a distant fire burns in the undergrowth where the border between natural image and computer simulation breaks down. At the same time, formerly incoherent rumblings of sub-frequencies begin to transform into the contours of rhythm. This is reflected sonically in eight perspectives on the lush, synthetic jungle, made of myriad buzzing fauna, morphing melody and colossal bassweight. All paths lead toward an apocalyptic dancefloor, though speeds vary widely; rhythms dissolve from straight to broken, synth tempos operate by their own internal clocks (and logic). Juxtaposing industrial agriculture with rave culture, the album explores the industrialization and refinement of nature, and the new strange forms emerging from the synthetic grids of both.