*200 copies limited edition* It’s easy to forget that the seasons turn on the revolution of this vast body we miraculously walk upon. In autumn, the shift seems so local: colors change, new sounds crackle through the thinner air, the cold slowly envelops us as we cloak ourselves in heavier clothing. But make no mistake: autumn is a cosmic event. That dying scent in the air means we’re falling deeper into the farthest depths of the gravity well that binds our living stone. The harvest that nourishes us depends entirely on the stars.
Into this night, Ceremony of Seasons here submits The Space Time Paradox, a celestial reaping from Taylor Proffitt’s Dark Sines. Across its six tracks Proffitt creates and investigates the sublimity of a galactic space, spilling out clouds of synthetic nebula dust into cavernous darkness. Voices stream out into the abyss, orbiting each track like so many rhythmic rings and moons, recurring in the sonic gravitational field until meteoric interventions eject them into the twinkling void to fade into oblivion. The emptiness of vacuum never seemed so abundant. Not content to merely observe sounds as they echo through complex reverbs, Proffitt’s work explores spatiality by careful layering and mixing, allowing each voice to speak clearly, communicate its texture, and exit at its destined moment. They give to each timbre the clarity and positioning that allows it breath, creating nuance as elements emerge through the silences arranged in layers above. Neither fully ambient nor intensely rhythmic, The Space Time Paradox floats between signifiers, incorporating Berlin school kosmische, buoyant electronic rhythms, and controlled experimentation to achieve a harmonious whole.
This record is a journey across light years, filled with the inevitable wonder of discovery, but also accompanied by the calm, palpable aloneness of the observer consciousness. It asks for you to float in it, closed-eyed in the endlessness of your inner space, watching as your interior worlds swirl in veils of hypnagogia. But almost too soon an energy of immediacy and tension asserts itself. When the warm, thudding basses of “Arriving Home 400 Years Before Departure” hit, know that in spite of the enormity of the heavens, your spacetime is limited. As when the lingering sunlight of summer fades into the cool nights of autumn, our trajectory too comes to an end. With all stars and seasons, we go into the darkness too: the void stakes its claim on every atom of astral dust.