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Being Below is a mini-album of short songs created with digital and analogue instruments, recorded in 2020. Written with a structure that reflects shifting states, overlooking the past and future as a split pathway with the present endlessly fluctuating between. The pangs of rumination. An exercise in loop-less writing.
Mastered by Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung, and designed by Rutger Zuydervelt.
Pressed in a limited edition of 150 crystal clear 12" vinyl, 150 black 12" vinyl in a reverse-board sleeve as a dual release from Past Inside the Present and Two Acorns. A CD edition in a reverse-board 4-panel package with glass-mastered CD is also available from Two Acorns.
Staring out, tense. Looking down isn’t so different than looking up, but it passes by faster. Contentment at the accomplishment that I'm here, and the fear that what I’ve always been looking for has passed by. Staring up and looking at the sky, wishing you were up here with me, here where you can see everything. Above, the surface drifts by, and the colors on the horizon in pale blues makes me calm. Then blue. Deep in pale blue.
Again, in the morning. Close your eyes. Repeating this, repeating that, then it changes. Try to stay focused, but you've already moved out of sight. You're a million miles away, and farther. Waiting for night. Stars, always beyond. Now, it's already tomorrow.
As a few others have pointed out, this album has gotten me through the past few months with a calming and nurturing soundscape... looking forward to having the first 4 tracks on vinyl finally... wish I could hang out with everyone else who posted a comment about this album... muthubuntu
Context is like a library of burned diaries in an abandoned home which leaves you in a state of wonder, craving for the context of each life you get a glimpse into. 12:41 AM starts off welcoming you into this abandoned home & presents you with the soothing ambience Hotel Neon has perfected with a subtle hint of eeriness which helps sets the album's tone. The album progresses into a masterpiece of layered ambiance with each song having sound scapes that in turn help place a setting for your mind to wonder through. Context has found a way to associate the simplest of sounds with raw emotion & old memories. I really believe that this is Hotel Neon's best work to date & I can confidently say it has placed them as my favorite ambient band, I hope whoever reads this gives it a go & enjoys the ride. Misha Cherkashin