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This is not a split album. Shadows is the curious offspring of MoE and The Observatory, a radiant chase after light and darkness, casting amorphous, illusory paths of Indian carnatic loops and heavy narcotic gamelan dreams. Containing just three songs, the album explores a hauntology of sounds, a melange of evocative synths, disembodying voices, percussion, and a ton of guitars from the most rancorous to the more profound. Wandering along the length of spaces and in between, Shadows emerges from the womb of a collective subconscious containing all that is waiting to be manifested. Serendipitously we play, freed from the mortal coil.

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released July 1, 2018

Musicians:
Dharma
Joakim Heiboe Johansen
Leslie Low
Guro Skumsnes Moe
Cheryl Ong
Havard Skaset
Vivian Wang
Yuen Chee Wai

Produced by The Observatory and MoE
Co-produced by Lasse Marhaug

Recorded at Black Axis (Singapore) by Vivian Wang
Recorded at Tunnelen (Oslo) by the Skaset
Mixed and mastered by Lasse Marhaug

Art direction and layout by Yuen Chee Wai
Illustration by Michelle Yu
Handwritten titles by Guro Skumsnes Moe

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The Observatory Singapore, Singapore

The Observatory’s music is texturally complex and viscerally emotional, crossing wasted borders and musical extremities that parallel polarities within human existence, provoking and inspiring in a deeply enigmatic way. The group draws inspiration from their Southeast Asian roots and heroes of new music and art. ... more

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