CVLT Nation Premiere
January 23, 2013
RM74 Video “Spineless”
I feel so inspired, and now I realize I’m not alone! I have just watched the new RM74 video for their song “Spineless” directed by Sera Timms . I really don’t want to give too much away but I will say that this visual is 100% aesthetically in tune with the music. Something about this video makes me want to watch it over and over again. RM74’s new album Two Angles of a Triangle, out now on Utech Records, is a soul-moving portrait that should be blasted around the universe. Just as much as RM74’s music is experimental, it is also very soulful! Utech Records, as usual, pulled out all of the stops when it comes to the packaging designed by Thomas Hooper. Check out some stellar product shots by Greg C and this awe-inspiring video after the jump…
Just like the light shines brighter in the darkness, contrasts are there to remind us of the existence of the other side. And to look inward is possibly the best way to be able to tell more about the true self. Sometimes it’s the only way to confront what lies deep under the skin, to be able to share it with the world outside in pure awareness.Two Angles of a Triangle is profound and introspective, yet it tells you hundreds of secrets, feelings and ideas of its creator in a highly confidential way.
How Reto Mäder (Ural Umbo, Sum of R) musically builds his triangle is similar to folk music without typical folk arrangements. His perspective of music is so deeply rooted in the human soul it’s easy to forget how detailed and complex he shapes his sound material. Slowly bass guitar figures played in open circles and time are recorded with all the mechanical details of its strokes, atmospheric piano and synths building emotional high and downs, electronics treated like an organic instrument, percussions in their own ritualistic rhythms, a metallic vibrating kalimba, a howling theremin, nostalgic music box melodies, the scraping sound of a chalk on slate, oscillated radio frequencies, lost and found tape voices, cracking of tree branches.
The place “Betwixt”, where RM74 aims, is way beyond that and Two Angles of a Triangle is his greatest step on the way to that place. Mäder is a singer/songwriter without words in the never-ending search for his third angle.