JON HOPKINS - SINGULARITY VINYL (2LP GATEFOLD)
Release Date: 4th May 2018
Jon Hopkins' has made us wait a while, but the follow up to his utterly sublime 2013 album Immunity is finally here, and let me tell you - it's been worth the wait! Singularity, as the title would suggest, is best served in a single, start-to-finish dosage to be fully appreciated as Hopkins takes you on a musical out-of-body experience. From the jagged industrial techno of urban scenarios, spectacular choral piano pieces of tranquil lake settings, to the psychedelic, minimal, ambient moments of an trip through the forest - this record has the lot for you and it moves of its own accord. Put this on and take the transcendent track that Hopkins forges for you!
FFO: Rival Consoles, Boards of Canada, Kiasmos, Clark
"The return of Jon Hopkins and his new album, Singularity, his first since 2013’s breakthrough, Immunity. Singularity begins and ends on the same note: a universe beginning, expanding, and contracting towards the same infinitesimal point. Where Immunity – his hypnotic breakthrough LP – charted the dark alternative reality of an epic night out, Singularity explores the dissonance between dystopian urbanity and the green forest. It is a journey that returns to where it began – from the opening note of foreboding to the final sound of acceptance. Shaped by his experiences with meditation and trance states, the album flows seamlessly from rugged techno to transcendent choral music, from solo acoustic piano to psychedelic ambient. Its epic musical palette is visceral and emotionally honest: with a destructive opener full of industrial electronics and sonic claustrophobia and a redemptive, pure end on solo piano. Exploring the connectivity of the mind, sonics and the natural world, Singularity reflects the different psychological states Hopkins experienced while writing and recording. It is a transformative trip of defiance from his initial sense of frustration at the state of the contemporary world to the ultimate conclusion that a true sense of peace and belonging can only come from nature. Singularity is intended to be listened to in one sitting, as a complete body of work."