In the later part of his life, the American engineer, pilot, film director and billionaire Howard R. Hughes developed Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Due to this condition (which was not diagnosed in his lifetime), Hughes insisted on rigorous and often bizarrely complicated procedures for even the most mundane tasks. He communicated these demands to his aides through a great number of handwritten memos, collectively known as the “Operations Manual”.
“Importance of the Work at Hand” is a song cycle based solely on excerpts from these original memos.
The work evokes the human psyche and its (sometimes misguided) attempts to create order in a chaotic world. This feeling is evoked by the sound of the human voice surrounded by disturbing electronic soundscapes.
“Importance of the Work at Hand” is released as a limited edition cd in a specially designed box, containing 13 printed cards with lyrics and original photos by Steen Tronsgaard.
“Louche” is a term used to describe the opacity created when ice water is slowly poured into a glass of absinthe – also enhancing the aroma of the mythical beverage.
“The Louche” is the new single from Copenhagen-based singer-songwriter-electro-noisepop project State of Mind – and the first precursor of the upcoming album “Diagnosis”.
Over a throbbing electronic groove (recalling the darker sides of Depeche Mode), frontman Kim Bülow Bonfils sings an ode to the dangerous pleasures of absinthe – fittingly surrounded by swirling psychedelic soundscapes.
State of Mind’s latest single explores the darkest corners of suicidal thought and poses the question: If the song’s protagonist can no longer appreciate the pleasures of life – why is it she still goes looking for “The Perfect Place” of beauty and tranquility to end it all?
A brooding ambient soundscape provides the backdrop for this sad tale. But the track picks up pace in the surprise instrumental outro.
“The Perfect Place” is the third single from State of Mind’s upcoming album “Diagnosis”.
Over a busy, Steve Reich-like piano figure, the narrator muses “I’m just the way I am/And I can’t take it any more”. The song turns into a 12-bar synthpop blues in a minor key – backed by an uptempo beat and interspersed with acid house-style synth solos. “A change is bound to come,” it concludes. “And I will fight it all the way.”
“A Change Is Bound to Come” is the fourth single taken from State of Mind’s upcoming album “Diagnosis”, and will be out for streaming and download August 3, 2015.