aSpiritual, from offthesky (Jason Corder) and Rin Howell (Psychic Secretary, Luxury Hearse), is comprised of four meditations, which are described as ‘reflections on spirituality, energy, and change’. Singer and oboist Howell and experimental sound artist offthesky both call Denver, Colorado, home. But their real home is located in an entirely different dimension, invisible to the eyes but still having the power of ultimate expression, and undeniably existing in our shared physical reality, and that home lies within their music. What one finds in aSpiritual is mystical music, introspective notes rising up like smoke, able to bewitch listeners with its casting of seductive spells, some kind of magic existing and exiting through the music.
The voice is the medium through which all other sounds pass; it’s the primary sound, and without it, the music would feel faint and unable to reach its true potential. Lyrical interpretations are left up to the listener, with an open-ended nature inclining towards the infinite in its possibilities, and making the music feel entirely subjective.
Recording began way back in 2018, but it’s only now, in 2021, that its fruit has ripened. In the intervening years, it gestated, growing in the womb, lying in a cocoon of darkness, waiting for the right time to emerge. Completed in 2020, the cycle is now complete. These incantations are spiritual in nature, evoking something ancient and yet something eternal, without the expiration date of age. aSpiritual fulfils all that it was made for, deepening the age-old connection between music and spirituality.
released August 3, 2021
Music: offthesky & Rin Howell
Mastering: offthesky / Ian Hawgood
Print design: Craig Tattersall
Packaging design: Daniel Crossley
Let's put it this way- this is simply one of our favourite works ever!...A collection of variations on a theme that drift by, perfuming the air, or that stop a moment to whisper you a story. Evocative in its sparse beauty, We are sure this will been the permanent playlist always, right alongside Arvo Part's "Alina" and offthesky's "Silent went the Sea" ....ss/tm/am editions vaché
vár spoils you with blurry melodies, intricate synth work, and washed-out drone aesthetics before fading amidst field recordings of ocean waves. it practically demands a replay immediately after the disc has run its time. childish, fickle, but at the same time ephemeral as spring itself miso