Official video for "Double Sunrise": youtu.be/NVfnTNtXha0
Official visualizer video for "Subspace": youtu.be/m-fMRirdVqo
"Wilderness" is Stephen Hummel's ninth album as subtractiveLAD and the first since the epic "The Language of Flowers", released in 2013.
The balance (or imbalance?) between technology and the natural world is the core concept that “Wilderness” was born out of. A journey is also at the heart of the album; a symbolic journey into a previously undiscovered land that might also be interpreted as a personal journey through pain to a state of joy. Themes of dominance and submission are at play throughout. Hummel used analogue synthesizers as his primary instrument for the entire album and sequencers as the primary method of composition. The precise rhythms and patterns of the sequences became the foundation that Hummel used to perform live upon, constantly varying the timbre and structure of the synthesized tones in an organic fashion, exemplifying the tension between technology and natural expression.
Stylistically, "Wilderness" is perhaps most related to the first two albums in the subtractiveLAD catalogue: “Giving up the Ghost” and “Suture”. Looking back as it looks forward, “Wilderness” will also be released with a Bandcamp exclusive (pay what you want) album of previously unreleased material, originally recorded in 2003-2004, at the beginning of the subtractiveLAD project. The companion album will be called “First Steps” and will help celebrate the first ten years of subtractiveLAD music.
A Closer Listen:
"This is the sound of an artist at the height of his powers and the result is an ambitious yet wholly successful album."
"Oft epic in pitch, the music comes at the listener in waves, its scale enormous and its power seemingly indomitable. "
"If you like beautiful sound treatments and electro-ambient trip, ‘Wilderness’ will fully ravish your expectations. This is a styled electronic release."