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After last year’s first record with Serenus Zeitblom Oktett, Berlin’s Hyperdelia comes back with a second release – a lucid underwater music composed and arranged by Swedish composer Kajsa Lindgren. Womb is a musical narration for abstracted ears and bodies – engulfing a listener simultaneously in subaquatic sonic environments, distant dreams, memories and voices from the unknown: where time and space fold into each other.
The initial material of field-recordings, interviews and compositions has been re-recorded and re-amped underwater in a swimming pool – and has been re-arranged now for stereo home listening. It’s like we’ve travelled from the outer space fantasies into the alien underworlds to surface in your homely headspace. Womb at times resembles Gustav Mahler’s distant rememberings, dramatised by Björk, in other moments the sounds become tiny and intimate, when Womb makes one think of Felicia Atkinson's music, while the environmental ambiences reminisce the static music of Kevin Drumm. The delicate layerings of field recordings, re-recordings and environments makes Womb a fascinating phonopoetic fiction, that conjures its own surreal virtual ecology: of distant strings, filtered through hydrophones (On Cocoon), deep sea creatures singing to a de-tuned toy piano (The Garden), of folk songs sung through telephone hiss (On All The Other Children), of waves crashing at the sea shores of Narnia (The Inanimate World pt. 2).