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Off the heels of his involvement in the psychedelic noise outfit Emeralds and its eventual dissolution, Steve Hauschildt found himself at home again in the sublime landscape of experimental electronica. Now, in accordance with his solo minimalist techno work, Hauschildt’s announced he’ll be releasing his first album for Ghostly International in early-August.
The album’s title, Dissolvi, is a reference to the Latin phrase cupio dissolvi, which translates to “I wish to be dissolved.” Per the album’s press release, physiological phenomena are of severe interest to Hauschildt and as a result, his songs are distinctly cerebral in their orientation, while the music’s visceral energy lends largely unexplainable.
Dissolvi‘s announcement comes complete with the album’s lead single, a soft new track “Saccade,” featuring the Los Angeles-based musician Julianna Barwick. The work of Chicago poet Carl Sandburg comes to mind when listening. As in, “I am the people—the mob—the crowd—the mass.” In coincidence with Hauschildt’s interest of dissociating the self in this work, the individual, too, dissolves into the crowd, as well as in Barwick’s saccharine echoes in the song.
Speaking about the album’s recording process and its effect on the work, Hauschildt said: “Much of it was recorded in a windowless studio which removed elemental or seasonal references to time in the music. The focus this time was on mixing the album and incorporating a broader set of instrumentation. I describe my compositional approach as being quasi-generative.”
In his embrace of new methods and philosophical curiosities, Hauschildt’s expanded the range of his output, and delivered a fascinating and profoundly rich experience in listening, being, and contextualizing as a result.
Ghostly International will release Dissolvi on August 3.
Album Cover Art Credit: Robert Beatty