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ARTIST
TITLE
Ruin
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
MNQ 142LP MNQ 142LP
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RELEASE DATE
7/31/2020

Prequel Tapes is Marco Freivogel, a producer, DJ. and live performer who's been making electronic music since he was a teenager. What began with an accident and the rediscovery of some lost DAT tapes, has become the driving force for all his creative expression in the last years. Prequel Tapes' previous albums, Inner Systems (2015) and Everything Is Quite Now (GAFFA 002LP, 2018), received widespread critical praise for their originality, depth, and composition. He has released two tape projects The Pandora Star Sessions and Dinge, a collaboration with the artists Mare Nero. Prequel Tapes live performances range from solo all hardware jams to a large-scale collaboration with Butoh dancer Valentin Tzin and motion artist Ksenia Mozhayskaya, aka nomoreless. To many people, the concept of Ruin is fearful, depressing, dark -- conjuring notions of decay, fallen morality, or tragedy. But to others, the idea of Ruin is of hope for what may come after -- opportunities to rebuild, rethink, and challenge. Ruin may be the only chance to stop the passive march towards the destruction of the feral human spirit, the failure of our imagination to the homogenizing power of capital. Both the music and the artwork reflect the artist's long-held view that art should challenge, jar, and provoke. Offering the balance of what's dark and disturbing to appreciate beauty and the light. Rejecting a world where the uncomfortable is covered up with plastic veneer and platitudes as a vital artistic expression. Using a highly personalized setup of hardware collected over many years, Prequel Tapes wanders through concrete mazes and dark forests with infinite curiosity. In these cold empty spaces, Ruin oscillates freely between sunshine and shadows, where grit and gravel pay homage to the industrial anti-melodies of the '80s, appearing as earworms after the rain. The sonic DNA of teenage dreams are central to the aesthetic aspirations of Ruin, as are the sparse minimalist frameworks of composers like Arvo Pärt. Drawing upon the stains of his musical history, Prequel Tapes merges each drop into an honest, singular sound, honing in on decades of love for abstract electronics with a profound emotional sensitivity. References may reveal themselves on close listen, but never command space, serving instead as subtle threads woven carefully into a tapestry of synthesis; aware of its past but firmly grounded in the present. Mastered by Rude 66. Solid orange vinyl; edition of 300.