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ARTIST
Ground
TITLE
Wakusei
LABEL
ESP Institute
CATALOGUE
ESP037
FORMAT
Digital
RELEASE DATE
    TERRITORY
    Worldwide
    BARCODE
    5060731227874
    GENRE
    ALL ARTISTS
    DESCRIPTION

    When the world slipped into madness last month, the ESP Institute put most releases on the back-burner to await brighter days, but then we thought again; why not approach these odd circumstances the way we do most
    realities, positively and head-on? We’re committed to a community that builds new worlds—this is fundamental to our creative and spiritual relationship with Osaka-born, cosmos-straggling artist, Ground—and while temporarily
    we can’t physically congregate to uplift each other, its our responsibility as an institution to maintain a platform for prolific creative pioneers, our cherished cartographers of cognitive escape. Wakusei is wonderfully confusing and
    disorienting music, a follow-up EP to 2018’s critically acclaimed album Sunizm, not created specifically for life under lockdown, but nonetheless aptly suited to help release angst, guide meditation, and assist in making this
    moment in history more interesting if not transcendental. Whereas Sunizm relied on field recordings gathered from rainforests, percussions learned from imaginary ancient civilizations, and the somehow organic freneticism of a
    mission control meltdown, the aesthetic of Wakusei
    reduces this abstract instrumentation one step further to a more base-level array of gurgling synth scraps, accelerating engine friction and static-bound phonetic mistakes, all scrubbed into dust by a brillo pad of white noise. The cliché of “great art is born out of hard times” is not lost upon us—of course the world will look back to this turmoil and its residual contributions to culture—but we see today's art as an immediate coping mechanism, and artists like Ground helping to unlock and navigate internal utopias. We’re already indoors, let’s delve inside

    Published: April 14, 2020