in these fields I shout the quietest
may stable arms strangle my thoughts
vulnerable to brave truths
a window swathed by mirrors remiss
eyes continue to smile at forgiveness
it’s ok… it’s ok… it’s ok…
indulge more, feel restrictions
Visionist returns with his second album “Value”, a precise body of work which across its 10 tracks, builds on his conceptual, thematic process, finding assertion in the values of self-discipline and self-education through meticulous composition.
His debut album “Safe” detailed visceral soundscapes to encapsulate the experiential onslaught of an anxiety attack, and the artist’s desire to simultaneously construct and defeat notions of safety. “Value” follows this trajectory of strength and vulnerability by examining broader themes of machismo and effeminacy, self-deprecation and self-love, and self-preservation and validation. These overlapping themes manifest as a response to Visionist’s continual understanding of the role of an artist and their place within the industry. Focussing on his qualitative process allows him to evade this increasingly demanding climate, maintaining consistency by finding solace in the routine and ethos of his own practice, “I’m pretty reserved” he explains “but, within my art, it is important for me to give a part of myself.”
Through the addition for the first time of his own vocals, Visionist continues to further explore a humanistic and intimate creation. Value’s opener, ‘Self-’, sees him reimagine the vocal treatment with rapid injections, followed by crescendos of abrasive rhythm and waltz-like melodies, providing a diligent insight into the rest of the album. It’s this cross-infection of sonic landscapes and unpredictable movements that constantly question ostracisation. The title track ‘Value’ propels the listener into a brutal environment, battling neural attacks and jittery vocals, culminating in a shift of atmosphere to signify peace and fulfilment. ‘Made In Hope’ lays bare to its listener, venerated in its sparseness, sedated in its grace, with capricious ‘Invanity’ concluding proceedings.
“Aesthetic can be achieved by everyone, but approach separates the individual” (Visionist)
The project features collaborative artwork from influential artist Peter De Potter, with Daniel Sannwald providing the artist shots and Frederik Heyman and Teri Varhol directing forthcoming visuals.
“Value” is released via Big Dada on 20th October 2017.
I pick "FR3SH" as my favourite since it gives me something to talk about. Basically rapper Kanye West sampled this track once and that pissed off Bill Kouligas a lot. Then it's also a standout on Kelela & Asmara's "AQUAPHORIA" mix. That's all I have to say. Cone
perhaps not so innovative, given Burial's stylistic parameters, these tracks are more like a frolic, made of fragments who are like distant relatives, getting nowhere really, but still being enjoyable in their atmospheric anticipation. This is more so in the case of Nightmarket, which fits what I like to think of as lo-fi trance, as anticipated in a superb track like ashtray wasp, although with a beatless and more orchestral approach in this case. aelena
When ambient has meaning and depth. To me, a clear nod at Blade Runner as my friend siobbaas has once told me. Will be one of the soundtracks of my confinement in these days of pandemic. Gets me out of here waiting on a platform for a Shinkansen bullet train in Japan. Olivier Tison