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by Matchess

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The seven updrafts of Huizkol are an opportunity to engage with your own skepticism or belief in the effects of sound on the body. The album consists of 7 tracks on each side, 7 minutes each, a meditation on the dualities of sevens. The Active mix is suited to listening while doing, and the Passive mix is intended for devoted attention to inner reality. The theory of brainwave entrainment suggests that through sustained listening brain activity will adapt to the rate of beating binaural frequencies. Huizkol gradually raises this rate to an energetic centerpiece before returning to an ultimately relaxed state.

The album is inspired by the Anne Carson poem "The Wolf God" in which she discovers how an immortal canis named Huizkol learned to cope with sonic disequilibrium.


"The Wolf God" by Anne Carson

Like a painting we will be erased, no one can remain.
I saw my life as a wolf loping along the road
And I questioned the women of that place.

Some regard the wolf as immortal, they said.
Now you know this only happened in one case and that
Wolves die regularly of various causes—

Bears kill them, tigers hunt them,
They get epilepsy,
They get a salmon bone crosswise in their throat,

They run themselves to death no one knows why—
But perhaps you never heard
Of their ear trouble.

They have very good ears,
Can hear a cloud pass overhead.
And sometimes it happens

That a windblown seed will bury itself in the aural canal
Displacing equilibrium.
They go mad trying to stand upright,

Nothing to link with.
Die of anger.
Only one we know learned to go along with it.

He took small steps at first.
Using the updrafts.
They call him Huizkol,

That means
Looks Good in Spring.
Things are as hard as you make them.


released November 13, 2020

"Huizkol" premiered at Lampo on February 22, 2020.
Composed, recorded and produced by Whitney Johnson.
Mastered by Brian Sulpizio.
Cover photo of Drakolimni of Tymfi in the Pindus Mountains, Northern Greece by Matchess.


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Matchess Chicago, Illinois

In the past decade, Matchess’ music has traversed outer and inner space, searching patiently for the unseen world that exists behind the world that we see everyday.


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