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年份 2016
藝人 Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly
專輯   Alien Flower Sutra (LP 12")
廠牌   International Anthem
樂風   Alternative, Electronic, Experimental

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來自於 Rob Mazurek 多年的科幻、後末世美學的集大成之作,2013 至 2014 間 Mazurek 嘗試在不同場地與不同潛在的音樂家合作,最後選擇與 Emmett Kelly(Vocal/Guitar)共同創造出一幅混合詩歌與電子的巨幅篇章,內容敘述未來機器人在機械心靈中找到過往人性的殘片,在和解、對抗與掙扎中,找到自我(人與機器)的平衡性。

An emotive collection of future folk ballads framed by an animate palette of electronic treatments.

Composed and arranged by Rob Mazurek, Alien Flower Sutra is the apogee of a collaborative conceptual process that bloomed over multiple years, voices and instrumentations. After planting seeds at home with pen, piano and cornet in hand, Mazurek took to various performance spaces in Chicago and São Paulo across 2013 and 2014 to open his compositions to interpretation by a potent pool of creative musicians. Among them was guitarist Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang, Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society), whose interchanges with Mazurek led the two to conversations about an accompanying storyline for the music.

Responding to post-apocalyptic and science-fictional imageries long central to Mazurek s aesthetic (as themed by his Exploding Star Orchestra, Pulsar Quartet, and Black Cube SP), Kelly took to writing lyrics within the framework of the existing melodies. The consummate story colors a vivid first-person narrative through the perception of a cybernetic organism struggling to reconcile the human buried inside their computer-regulated psyche. In the exposition, on “Blackout,” the protagonist finds enlightenment and pleasure in a power outage that temporarily suspends their vision. And by the culmination, on “We Are One,” they find equal expression through both sides of their organic-electronic persona: “a good companion in the steel / understands me like no other / and feels nothing I cannot feel / in the bolt of lightning, we are one.” Meditating on not-too-futuristic concepts common to the collective conscience of our time, the final script finds optimism over paranoia in the advancing state of human evolution.

Though part of Mazurek s early vision was to develop this work into a full-scale opera, he found inspiration in the intimate voice/guitar recordings Kelly made remotely, and chose instead to experiment with those minimal tracks alongside recordings from Sâo Paulo s El Rocha Studios he d been maturating in his modular synthesizers. Alien Flower Sutra as finalized for this release is an animate palette of poetry and electronic treatments conducted by Mazurek and articulated by the candor of Kelly s aching narratives.



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