Too often I find myself suffocating, trapped between thousands of sweaty bodies pulsating to ever-changing DJ rhythms, drawing closer to the stage as if pulled by a Death Star-grade tractor beam. It’s moments like these that I desperately wish for a breath of air, a glimpse of the same ecstatic moment, but only calmer, cooler, and distanced from that shirtless, odorous guy, whose untamed chest hair keeps entrapping my fist-pumping, right arm. My discomfort aside, a delicate beauty exists in this scene, hidden underneath the chaotic, seemingly random and unorganized mass of moving bodies.
In fact, it is this same concept that Polish artist Michal Jacaszek explores in his upcoming release Glimmer, a nine-track album charting his exploration of atmospheric soundscapes, gravitating towards the realm of ambient music with an aggressively artistic edge. Each song incorporates a tapestry of electronic-based sounds, punctuated by baroque instruments, resulting in dreamy textures sure to fire-up your alpha brain waves. Of this project, Jacaszek notes: “I tried again to create some fragile beauty glimmering behind the veil of reality,” which he attempted through a push and pull aesthetic, or the incorporation of dark and light tones constantly rubbing against each other. “I built a kind of curtain out of dirts and fuzzes, and used the pure sound of the clarinet and the harpsichord playing beautiful melodies as a contrast to its harshness,” he elaborates, evidencing what is possible when contradictory elements are forced to interact, the intrusive, hairy guy and claustrophobic me trying to find our own truths in a cramped, musty club.
Is there enough space for beauty to exist? Can it find the room to breathe amongst the “dirts and fuzzes”? Find out on December 6, 2011 when Glimmer is officially released via Ghostly International.