Ohal - 'Acid Park' - LP (SUS016)

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Ohal - 'Acid Park' - LP (SUS016)

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"Acid Park is about the encouraging whisper of a mechanistic demon you hear upon waking, taunting you that the right balancing act between too much and too little will lead you to the perfect equilibrium. There's a promise of a sky that will tear the clouds apart and open with a vision for you. A shuttle forward to the next level where nothing can touch Mario, and he's just hanging with a squeaking mushroom. But by evening you remember that the universe is shapeless and infinite, that your brain can't even imagine what Nothing is. You think that you too are an agent of chaos, and all you are left with is throwing sticks on the ground and putting together temporary self-contained equilibriums of meaning. Then, sometimes, you're stuck at war with bullets flying around. Your friends are dying, and you can’t just drive down to their homes. You settle to the night. You know you like the triangle more than the square, it's better when the 3rd oscillator is modulating, and throwing sticks on the ground is fun." - Ohal

Acid Park is an eight movement suite for synthesizers, samplers, and voice. Born from balancing a love/hate relationship with song structure, baroque music, and soundart, Acid Park projects the most embarrassing aspects of each form as radical, chaotic elements organized by traditional constructs of composition. 

Her writing process was simple, yet meticulous. All of the tracks were built as collages by toying with sounds first, before cutting, pasting, and manipulating them in various ways. Ohal worked with each synth instrument as a closed system: she extracted sounds and repurposed them into complex textures and melodies. The percussion sounds on Acid Park were derived from this same process, but slowed down or sped up on tape and recorded back to the computer before landing in the mix. 

Ohal wrote Acid Park with a cyclical listening experience in mind. These eight songs grow and fold into each other, feeding on themselves like an ouroboros of lysergic emanations. Ohal’s sound design demands focus, but rewards ambient listening in the same way a walk at dawn memorializes a party’s afterglow. 

Acid Park was mixed by Ohal, Tunde Adebimpe and Matty Green at the California Federal Prism studio. Inva Cota designed the album cover in New York City, where Ohal is currently based. Acid Park is available now on Styles Upon Styles.

LP [33RPM]

Side A:

A1. All Mine (5:50)
A2. Hornet’s Cave (2:35)
A3. Set Go (4:51)
A4. Acid Park (5:00)

Side B:

B1. Shun Over (4:20)
B2. Wintertime (2:04)
B3. Closer (7:01)
B4. Tame (6:00)

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