THE DIVIDED SELF
Last spotted on Ovum just over a year ago with Moot Point, Irishman-in-Berlin Chymera returns with two more stately sonic workouts.
We ignite with “The Divided Self” is one of Chymera’s personal favourite compositions from last year. Setting out with the simple mission to make a deep emotive track, it was one of those super-rare golden studio moments when everything came together in a matter of hours. Pensive and poignant, restrained and ruled by minor chords, the sense of melancholy makes even more sense when you understand the title: ‘The Divided Self’ is named after a groundbreaking book that discussed and explored mental illness in a way that, at the time, had never been done before. Next up is “Canavan Calling", a track that’s characterised by an incredible bassline that’s so broad, rich and textured it’s almost overwhelming. No surprises, then, that is created on an original Minimoog, an instrument Chymera fell in love with while he attended a Studio Stekker week alongside peers such as Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert and The Mole. Mutating, morphing and moving throughout, starlit synths soon enter the mix, soaring and thrusting further upwards to create a natural, rolling organic build up and pay off. Named after an obscure short horror story by Joseph Payne Brennan, the only thing horrific about this track is the price of an original Minimoog. Both cuts taking their titles from literary inspirations, both cuts revealing wholly different sides to Chymera, both cuts warming us up to the very bottom of our souls this winter… Both cuts demand your attention [txt from ]