True to its title, the album presents itself with a dark and haunting mood, with a more melancholic note surfacing in the quieter passages. Dag Rosenqvist is a master of dynamics. Brittle pianissimo moments lead to glorious crescendos, which in turn lead to powerful explosions of noise. The track Renaissance demonstrates this to perfection, with an incredibly powerful moment at the end, which gets me every time.
Favorite track: Renaissance.
Rosenqvist & Collings started their work on „Hello Darkness“ already back in 2012, right after they had released the Wonderland EP (on Hibernate Recordings). There really were no guidelines or rules for what they were going to create, they just wanted to make music together, and surprisingly it came naturally, and felt pretty good ...
This turned out to be one of those collabs that are kind of off and on. At times both were too busy with other things, and so sometimes months would pass between working sessions. And when they picked it up again, most of the times they had basically forgot where they left off, having to retrace their steps, remember things, re-create ideas, trash ideas that didn’t work, misplace tracks and sounds only to add them to songs they weren’t meant to be a part of. Rosenqvist & Collings worked destructively from processed stereo tracks with botched fade-ins, scrapping entire sessions and adding new layers and sounds of all kinds, letting it go in any directing it needed to, adding different time signatures on top of each other, turning sounds and entire tracks inside out and upside down. They found a freedom to go in any direction they wanted to, free from what they’ve done before, free from any expectations on both each other and from anyone else.
Despite all of this, there is a humour to the album. There’s something tongue-in-cheek about the whole thing. This was also one of the reasons they choose to go with the title of the album, which is – in all honesty – slightly over the top. This was also the commission when creating the cover design. No holds barred, no restrictions.
The title is of course “borrowed” from the Simon & Garfunkel track The Sound of Silence, a fact that probably doesn’t make them any cooler. Thinking about it now, Matthew Collings second album was called Silence Is A Rhythm Too. Coincidence? Some say there are no coincidences.
released February 24, 2017
Performed, recorded, arranged, produced and mixed by Dag Rosenqvist and Matthew Collings in Gothenburg, SE and Edinburgh, GB. All music by Dag Rosenqvist and Matthew Collings. Additional French Horn performed by Matthew Gianotti. Mastered by Matthew Collings. Cover By Nullvoid.
Thank you: Denovali, Thomas Ekelund, Euan McMeekan, Elin Svennberg, friends and families.
Since 2005 Dag Rosenqvist has released 30 albums, EP’s and cassette tapes in different constellations, the main one being
Jasper TX that was put to rest 2012. Other constellations include From The Mouth of The Sun, de la Mancha and The Silence Set. He has also collaborated with Machinefabriek, Mike Weis and Simon Scott and released albums on Miasmah, Fang Bomb, Experimedia and Kning Disk....more