Digital Moss is the solo project of Evgenii of Russian synth/ambient trio I am waiting for you last summer. For the project’s latest single “nosa sifu” Evgenii makes maximum use of two voices on his modular synth for a rich and stirring sound reminiscent of Sinoia Caves’ work for the soundtrack to Beyond the Black Rainbow. It’s the kind of sound that suggests imagery and recalls the vibe and tone of avant-garde comics like material that would have been published in the magazine Garo in Japan and Italy’s L’Eternauta but perhaps more specifically this music seems to fit the comics and graphic novels that have come out of the Les Humanoïdes Associés (Humanoids in English) imprint. You know, the publisher of Métal Hurlant aka Heavy Metal. This song is so resonant with the style of Cathargo and The Saga of The Meta-Barons (and the work of Juan Giménez, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius generally) that one hopes Digital Moss, Sinoia Caves too (maybe a collaboration) is tapped when someone finally makes a modern movie out of any of that. There is a strong sense of place in some far flung future of abundant urban decay as far as the eye can see upon which one might project one’s imagination and find a space to explore and express the products of that ferment as people have so often done in the past and present in forgotten and neglected parts of big cities around the world. Listen to “nosa sifu” on Soundcloud and follow Digital Moss at the links below.
Enigmatically titled “Deep Space: 1985,” Magdaluna’s latest single weaves together post-rock, mournful piano with fiery and corrosive drone guitar and dramatic and expressive percussion. One might think of it as a slice out of a lost science fiction movie of the era like the background information on the space vampires from Lifeforce before they were encased in the sleep coffins having been put in suspended animation to end their reign of terror. One imagines from there a group of people who tricked the vampires eons ago into quelling their endless hunger and then launched them into a lost part of space aimed toward a black hole only to be catapulted back toward inhabited regions by a quirk of gravity in a long arc like a comet from another galaxy. Little known to the would be hero of another world, the vampires would live on again to wreak havoc. But the song suggests this with the melancholic outro. Of course the song isn’t about this but it does stir the imagination and it is imbued with the aesthetic of 1980s space fantasy and dark, dystopian science fiction like Aliens or stories from Heavy Metal Magazine. Listen to the song on Bandcamp and explore Magadaluna’s other work there as well.