Editor’s pick: Jesse Kanda’s new album ‘Labyrinth’ and video-premiere
We’ve always been huge fans of Jesse Kanda‘s visual art for which he is widely known; his modern, gothic surrealist art, especially with his work with Björk, Arca, FKA twigs, and now in recent years his own musical output as Doon Kanda. We are very excited for his transition into music; if there were a sound to his beautiful and otherworldly art, this is it in its pure form.
Labyrinth, which will be released by Hyperdub on 29th November, is his debut album and comprises of 13 pieces of music and 10 artworks. It is dreamlike listen, covering emotional ground from hell to heaven. It was created between Summer of 2018 and Spring of 2019 in London, England and Ontario, Canada. His two previous EPs ‘Heart’ (2017) and ‘Luna’ (2018) focused on melody across a spectrum of emotion, and like his visual work often metamorphosed pain into beauty. Labyrinth chronicles a period of loss, in ecstatic fantasy.
Polycephaly is the first single from the album. A track waltz-reminiscent with a 3/4 time signature and a beautifully eerie and languid melody that transport the listener to escaping mental spaces. It premieres today alongside the video by the same kanda, beware of the strobes if sensitive, but sit back and enjoy the trip.