In forming a bridge between body and mind, dreams may be used as a springboard from which man can leap to new realms of experience lying outside his normal state of consciousness.
~ Ann Faraday
"I love the idea of instrumental music that tells a story. When music can create images and trigger emotional impressions without descriptive lyrics to lead the way, the result can be a very personal connection -- the music not only guides but encourages a deeper creative interpretation from the listener".
So begins the agenda that is Morphology, the debut release by Kanada. Created as an impressionistic dreamscape set to music, Morphology follows a narrative that the listener participates in creating; one where each cinematic moment transitions from one locale to the next. Continually moving forward, rarely lingering, and always bringing the listener deeper into the fold, Morphology represents something unique.
Kanada is a new project from producer Greg Vickers, the creative voice behind Afternoons In Stereo. The album-length soundscape was conceived as the antithesis to his usual stylings. Where Afternoons In Stereo is a more organic affair rooted in jazz and lounge, Kanada is a thoroughly electronic journey into ambient and electro.
"I wanted to create something that reminded me of what first turned me on to electronic music, and for me much of that has to do with ambient music in the early and mid-90's. That said, it's not an attempt to create a retro or throwback project per se, it's as much an effort to pay homage to something that informed me as a musician and producer. Hopefully it has something contemporary to say as well".
Morphology is deliberately structured as one continuous track, no song titles or breaks to discern where any one concept begins and another ends. The seams between one piece of music and the next are blurred, and the guiding principle to the project was to never stay in one place for very long. Conceptually, it's aim is to use the undivided structure to capture the complexity of reality; perhaps reflect the very nature of existence.
"Morphology was created as a sort of soundtrack to the soul. At times the music can be deeply introspective and tap into those dark and lonely parts of the psyche. Other times it is warm and uplifting, offering tranquility and solace. And in between it runs the gamut, as complex as the human heart can be -- questioning, doubting, fearing, hoping ... but always, always dreaming".
At times Morphology can also seem to be deeply rooted in science fiction. "That's a creative impetus, definitely. I like the idea of creating music that creates a sense of being frozen in cryogenic sleep, alone in stasis as the stars fly by outside the window. The sound of space travel in the future. That's pretty sci-fi to me! I also like the way ambient music can conjur images of lunar landcapes and far-off planets, it can transport your mind to imaginary worlds where new stars flare to life as old ones flicker out and the universe is an ever-expanding sea of nebulae and gas clouds".
Other musical moments, however, are firmly rooted in the here and now. Impressions of industry and mechanization, of overcrowd cities and throbbing masses of population -- society moving at the speed of light down binary superhighways. These ideas conjur images of an almost dystopian society, one on the brink of being swallowed up in it's own infinite potential. The result at times is tense and rooted in a sense of fragility; it speaks to where we are at in the modern era, where technology has come to define so many aspects of our lives.
"I think electronic music is unique in that way, in that it can reflect it's own genesis and the actual source from which it springs. Electro and ambient can definitely conjur images that are very cold and synthetic, speaking to aspects of the world we live in where so much of our lives is dictated by technology. And yet, there can be real beauty there too -- something that makes one feel wonder, even awe. On some levels it's primal, elemental ... despite being such a part of the modern era".
In the end the listener decides for themselves if there is a grander theme to Morphology. While beginning with a deliberate starting place and eventually reaching an inevitable end, what fills in the 52 minutes in between will in part be based on what the listener brings to the journey. Best experienced with eyes closed and mind open, Morpohology promises a visit to places and moments limited only by imagination.
Morphology by Kanada is available exclusively as a digital download at Juno Download.
BUY THIS RELEASE IN CDR & DIGITAL
Kanada - Morphology will be available on February 4th, 2011 for sale in special edition CDR and digital download at Kraak Store and all mp3 retailers across the internet.