Spectral Hypnosis, April 2014: Factory Floor, The Notwist, Throwing Snow, David Douglas

Spectral Hypnosis is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This post features the music video for Factory Floor’s “How Do You Say” as well as new tracks from The Notwist, David Douglas, and Throwing Snow, featuring Adda Kaleh.

Spectral Hypnosis is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body.

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Factory Floor – “How Do You Say”

The music video for Factory Floor’s “How Do You Say” is really nothing more than monotonous vocals, Nik Void’s bouncing hair, and geometric projections upon an empty wall — but this, in essence, is Factory Floor. Having just caught them on their national tour, I will say that this is techno for those who don’t really feel the need to go anywhere over the course of a song or even a half-hour set, because when jogging in place looks and feels like this, it’s somewhat enthralling enough.

Directed by Factory Floor’s Nik Void and Dan Tombs themselves. Releases are spread on two digital EPs and three physical 12 EPs, to be released throughout the month of April, featuring the original as well as a number of remixes; hear Daniel Avery and Helena Hauff’s below.

 

 

 

The Notwist – “Run Run Run” (Ada Remix)

This Ada remix of The Notwist’s “Run Run Run” hearkens back to the highlight days of The Notwist yore by putting in just the perfect amount of instrumentation from here to there and everywhere, strange sounds spaced out, sparsed out and parsed out. The band will be hitting the road in support of their latest Sub Pop Records full-length, Close To The Glass, with east coast dates in June, select west coast dates, including Sasquatch Festival, in July, and then onto Europe.

 

Throwing Snow ft. Adda Kaleh – “The Tempest”

Throwing Snow is the project of London producer Ross Tones, and his latest EP, Pathfinder, is short but hypnotically effective. Though the EP is generally wordless, highlight track “The Tempest” features Romanian vocalist Adda Kaleh, who ably creates an atmosphere that explores the higher reaches of space yet simultaneously remains tethered to the earthly. Dark and beautiful.

 

David Douglas – “Higher”

As it blends together trancey textures and dubby bassline, “Higher”, the first single from Dutch producer David Douglas’s upcoming Moon Observations LP feels a bit like a playful sci-fi expedition. The full-length comes out on May 22nd via Applescal’s Atomnation label, and the track is also featured on a four-track EP that includes remixes by Weval, Mattheis, and the aforementioned Throwing Snow.

His description of the upcoming record also tickles my fancy:

“Everyone is a moon, and everyone has a dark side that they never show to anybody. Since the dawn of mankind, we’ve been fascinated by the moon. The moon is cold and silent, shrouded in mystery. It’s pulling our dark sides. Lightning our blackest nights. Marking the times. We share the moon like we share madness, mystery and music. My new album Moon Observations is a musical search to the far side of the moon.”

Um, pumped.

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Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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Tucker
Tucker
8 years ago

I too quite fancy that David Douglas quote, as I, like countless others before me, have long been fascinated with the cold hearted orb that rules the night. Very solid recommendations here, and dig the title of spectral hypnosis.

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