As soon as I hit play on the new album from MOSAIC, my sight fades and my mind wanders down a foggy path to an unknown destination. This is an album for contemplation, and the voice overs make it an immersive experience, not something you can just throw on to have in the background. It truly sounds like a mosaic of folk instrumentation, poetry and spirituality all carefully pieced together. Harvest comes out July 24th via Eisenwald – pre-order it here. Today we’re streaming the album in full, so drop whatever you’re doing and enter the world of Mosaic.
“Harvest” is a really personal record for me. It deals with all necassary acoustic recordings I did from 2005 until 2010. All of them were captured really lo-fi and spontaneous on various equipment. Therefore the sound is unpolished, raw and archaic. The compositions are quite minimalist and puristic throughout the first 20min, but they totally represent all feelings I had in this time and still have. Ambient soundscapes, spoken words in my mother tongue and field-recordings open the realm of the Thuringian Highlands, made of slate hills, birch, fir and pine trees.
The record should be seen as a wandering through this landscape, an evolution of the spirit. Starting quite innocent and naive, reflecting anything and everything. Towards the end it gets more and more furious and sinister. The themes turn darker, the everlasting battle between life and death is omnipresent, ancient cults and old harvest mysticism draw near, until the holy is born by the sacred wind. Lord Winter calls from afar, the circle is renewed once more.