A review of Abiura’s “Hauntology” album release.
Italy based Abiura is Daniele Vergine’s of Abiura’s new concept album. One 31-minute single track split into six sections in a continuous arching journey through the artist’s perception of capitalism and its effect on the humans on this planet.
Abiura’s “Hauntology” is a spacious, moody romp, mixed impeccably with waves of nuanced soundscapes and gritty harmonious aches.
It’s not exactly a dance track. But then this music has something quite different to say, something purposeful and specific. A cloud of uneasy, a storm of vivid cinematic darkness, full of sound rain and turmoil. There is some lightness, although somewhat eery. So a balance? Not really. Capitalism is not balanced. What does rise through this resonant vibrating story is clearly corrupted by the dark.
It’s gorgeous 30 minutes of telling and reverberant cautionary music. Long tones of tormenting melancholy, surging ‘ghosts’ of cultural diaspora, flooding the senses with the fading away of what was ‘normal.’
A cleansing of an old tradition of capitalism and it subsequent despair and a hopeful nod to our evolving future. All music and sound ideology unravelling.
Abiura’s “Hauntology” is a brilliant, moving and truly ’haunting’ piece of highly effective music created with a powerful purpose. Loved it!
Label: Moment of Collapse Records
Musicians/Instruments: Daniele Vergine (composition, guitars, vocals, effects, production)
Producer: Daniele Vergine
Album Cover Artwork by Carlo Andrea Ferraro, @akaramirez