3 Dreams of Utopia
4 The Maker’s Journey
6 Bright Green Future
7 Tipping Point
8 Embrace the Sun
For fans of: ambient, drone, space music
With his seventh Projekt release, Australian ambient composer theAdelaidean draws on the growing Solarpunk uprising for inspiration. A genre and art movement that envisions how the world might look when humanity solves its major contemporary challenges – sustainability, climate change and pollution – Solarpunk combines the brightest visions of this generation into an optimistic future for everyone. Solarpunk the album teases parallels with this movement through the sun, source of all life and hope for an ethical existence on Earth.
Like all of theAdelaidean’s albums, Solarpunk is both a departure and a return from previous creations, painting new vistas from synth-driven palettes while embracing the more speculative and conceptual side of his muse. Each track is a sketch of what may unfold as our world shifts toward a “Bright Green Future” and the unknowns that await us there. From the layered chords of “Gathering Dawn” to the cautionary percussive notes of “Cyberlight,” a hopeful thread of implied melody winds delicately along the album’s spine, haunting the music through waves and cycles of (“Luminous”) harmonies. The high notes of “Dreams of Utopia” lead us to “The Maker’s Journey,” with its unexpected evolutions and returns punctuated by perfect moments of consonant clarity. Drones lay patient pathways to the “Tipping Point” and beyond: to our quest to “Embrace the Sun,” which concludes in a new future where new adventures await.
Composed in vivid rushes throughout an intense period of teaching and writing, theAdelaidean brings some of the storytelling force of alter ego Sean Williams to Solarpunk, giving it an urgency that befits our times. From the fulcrum, all change is possible. All we need to do is apply the right force.