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ASIP003 is a 45-minute dive into pure ambience from Anders Peterson under his relapxych.0 moniker. Featuring selected parts from a previous album titled ‘City Nightlights’, Anders has revisted, remixed and added new recordings to form an even sharper depiction of his chosen inspiration, an area in the very centre of Stockholm City named, Tegelbacken.
Anders grew up near this area and describes it as ‘empty by day, and inhabited by lost souls at night, for well over 100 years the area has been despised by most. The area consists of spaces, scattered almost, with a canal, water and concrete, beneath bridges, rails and just a few tall buildings’. The photo taken for the artwork has a purposeful blur, as if what lives here is unknown and what is yet to be discovered is unclear.
Characterised by space, abandonment and dormancy, ‘Tegelbacken Nightlights’ takes its cues from urban decay. Crafted around a shifting scene of emptiness and dereliction, light and dark are intertwined, shifting between night and day; letting the darkness seep and the light carve through.
It’s a slow, languorous metamorphosis that revels in eerie sensibilities created by creaks and groans, ominous echoed footsteps and an unmistakeable sense of isolation. But it’s one that’s built on exploration and an acceptance of being engulfed by the unknown; of going deeper into a place that only serves to pull you further away from the familiar.
Within it all, there’s also unintentional beauty, the sort that can only be unwittingly appreciated or uncovered and it makes ‘Tegelbacken Nightlights’ a foreboding ode to the everyday. Inspired by the prospect of regeneration and recovery, even in the greyest wastelands, there’s hope. This is a tribute to finding salvation in the forgotten. (Words by Reef Younis).
More info + Bandcamp download: http://asip.me/relapxych
Release/catalogue number: ASIP003
Release date: May 7, 2012