There came a certain point last year when I realized that my inner world was as real as my outer world, except I was the Empress of it. Unlike the world around me where I was subject to the moods and motives of every human being trying to make it through their day, my mind was my own creation, and it could be shadowy and threatening or a place of calm and peace. And the weird thing is, the deeper I dove into my own moods and motives, the more peaceful the outside world around me seemed, even in the midst of chaos and hate.
I’m trying to put into words what the AEGOS debut The Great Burst Of Light is articulating to me with echoes and melodies and passages of relentless riffs and crashing percussion. I feel like this album is shining a lantern back down the long road I’ve been traveling for months, years; passing milestones I never noticed; tripping into caverns; clawing my way back up to the surface; floating up into the clouds; sinking into the sea. That might sound overly dramatic but that’s an accurate picture of where my soul has been, and I can feel that AEGOS gets it as I’m listening to this stunning sonic art. And I think the part that makes the most sense to me is the feeling of endless change that connects all of my experience, being tossed around by the pull of the universe, and the release that comes with allowing that to happen.
The Great Burst Of Light came out at the end of April, and you can pick it up here. Right now I’d love to share it with you below…
As the album started unfolding, it became apparent that it took on a sort of conceptual and thematic approach. It’s essentially about a “being” who is trying to find themselves in both the material and metaphysical sense etc.
And AEGOS is a project that embraces identity, culture, diversity…so it made sense that within the context of the album, the conclusion is that everything is connected. There is adversity out in the world but as a whole, we can overcome struggle.
The album itself takes it more to a cosmic level. The journey for the “being” is that it ultimately finds comfort and solace in the sun and its warmth and ever-presence. The music at times can be dark and foreboding but the hope is that the result is the opposite. Universal, positive, and adventurous.
The cosmos is fierce but also quiet.
Session and guest musicians:
Jei Doublerice (Despite Exile, Abiogenesis) – vocals
Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Corrections House) – saxophone
Chelsea Murphy (Dawn of Ouroboros) – vocals
Carolyn Regula (The Cello Doll) – cello
Annastatsea – spoken word