This doesn’t happen every day. Some artists bask in the dark and surround theirselves of mystery, and that’s why we love them. Daft Punk, for example: those masks made it impossible for us to see them, and yet here we are crying of joy when they play another show or release another album. On a smaller dimension, we’d like to introduce you to the work of Datacode, a project that makes of mystery a profession. Starting from their website, which is basically a linux terminal gone wild, you can perceive that they don’t want you to reach out for their things. And this is why I dug deeper.
Datacode’s latest project is called Wraithmachine, and is some sort of a “cyberpunk operetta”. I’d love to have made this definition by myself, but it’s actually how the releasing label MethLab defined it. -Not bad, releasing with MethLab with such material, must be awesome-, I said to myself. I played the 7 tracks that make up for this release and got basically stoned as I smoked a 2 meters joint all by myself on a hot summer evening. Some thing are meant to be shared, definitely, and this is why I’m writing about this here. The seven tracks are meant to represent the origin, development and rise of a a Wraithmachine, basically a machinery ghost, and are entirely made of noises that you could hear when electricians fix your air conditioning system, plus some horror. I personally don’t recommend to listen to it at night alone, it might be a little bit over the top. What I do recommend you to listen is this rework by Mach Wachein of the project.
Overall, I consider this opera as a very interesting and well done work. It surprised me from the very first second, I literally couldn’t turn it off. The reason why it did it is that it’s extremely unorthodox and unconventional. When you hear something like this you want to know how it ends, you want to hear with your own ears and bare witness to something stunning and unique. Unluckily, this work as a whole is available only on a USB physical copy that can be purchased on MethLab’s website, and is part of the live act of MethLab including the visuals. I missed it, some weeks ago. Shame on me. You don’t do as I did, and go see the MethLab crew live and this amazing work, you won’t regret it!
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