Embarking on a journey from Italy to Anatolia and from Africa to the Americas, Nelson Of The East soars over imagined landscapes in his debut, motion picture-inspired album, Kybele. Plug in your headphones, drown out the world, and set out on a mystic voyage of Earth through the lens of Kybele, the Anatolian goddess of wild nature. With the world in flux and isolation taking its toll, musical escapism has become a much-needed pastime for today's armchair adventurers. Skillfully weaving the sounds of East and West, the nine-track LP fuses Turkish and cosmic influences with a strong electronic backbone into an otherworldly soundtrack of our time. Named Kybele after the Anatolian goddess of nature, fertility, mountains, and wild animals, the record is a continuous saga that takes from the Berlin-based artist's own adventurous spirit. Following his previous EP releases Night Frames (2018) and Phase Alternating Lines (2019), Nelson explores new territories on Kybele. Album opener, "Explorer," is an exhilarating build up to what could be an '80s sci-fi movie, showcasing Nelson's knack for cinematic moods. "Draw Me," speaks to the artist's intention of making a "snare album," with an irregular, dominating beat untethering it from time or boundaries. "What I realize while I was writing the rhythm part is that the more you keep a beat simple the more difficult it becomes to make it interesting," says Nicolas. Another thing Nelson achieves in this album is ambience, or the "motion picture touch" as he calls it. Tracks like the wild and obscure "Culto", with its Anatolian nuances and Middle Eastern-sounding scales are made by layering synths to achieve an orchestral effect. Other tracks capture the musician's penchant for African and Brazilian grooves, like the Saudade mix of "Burning Palm". On the B side, the Italo-flavored "Phase Lines" comes through with shimmering synth and electronic drums complete with hazy vocals delivered by DJ Rayne and Nelson himself. "Yahuda" dives into dark, melancholic electro with a Detroit feel not far from the sounds of the great Drexciya. The album closes with "ZETA", a track that could easily double as an obscure cinematic composition. Artwork by The Emperor of Antarctica. 180 gram vinyl; edition of 300.