Released exclusively for RSD 2015. Limited to 500 copies. A Record Store Day exclusive, Dark Jovian incorporates 2 single-sided heavyweight 180g white vinyl 12”s with etched markings, encased in a white, branded, rubber wheel and housed in a transparent plastic box, designed by Alexander Brown
Like the heavenly bodies that inspired Dark Jovian, and the golden discs sent into space as messages from Earth, the EP’s packaging is enigmatic and beautiful in appearance. Topped off with remixes from Lee Gamble, Logos and Eprom, Dark Jovian is the latest work from a master of his form.
The 12″s are etched on sides A and D, are encased in a white, branded rubber wheel and are presented in a clear perspex box.
The music on side B is inspired by composers John Williams, Gerry Goldsmith and György Ligeti. Amon Tobin’s latest release, Dark Jovian – his first since 2011’s ISAM – is as astonishing and as perfectly formed as the space objects that inspired it. The latest result of his restless sonic experimentation, the EP’s music is breathtakingly elemental, and takes electronic music into the sort of capacious territory normally reserved for (dare we say) classical music: Dark Jovian is the thrilling return of a master.
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In Amon’s own words:
“I made these tracks a year or two ago after binge-watching space exploration films. People have, from time to time, described things I’ve done as “scores for imaginary movies,” which has always irritated me, but on this occasion it’s sort of true.
Even so, what I was really trying to do was to interpret a sense of scale, like moving towards impossibly giant objects until they occupy your whole field of vision, planets turning, or even how it can feel just looking up at night.
I wanted it to pace very slowly, the way far off objects can seem still until you look away for a while and find they’ve shifted some distance when you look back. Tracks like Io work in that way; something changing gradually so you barely notice it, until at some point you no longer recognize it.
My musical influences are on my sleeve with this EP. Anyone who loves John Williams, Gerry Goldsmith or Gyorgy Ligeti will hopefully see what I’m drawing from, and how it then sits in an electronic context. Dark Jovian is a small personal project which is, nevertheless, dear to me: A one off indulgence into a genre that I love.”