04 Serpent Mound
05 Starlight Stream
An encounter between ancestral and futuristic sounds, we could almost dare to say between the sacred and the profane. On his 42nd album, Italy’s jarguna collaborates with Illinois’s Chris Russell on a mystical electronic-ambient topography of drone drifts creating dream-like visions opening a look back in time to revisit the daily life of bygone people and maybe experience some of their earth medicine.
The album’s inspiration is in fact the imagery of the funeral process; even if the topic is grotesque to some, in truth passing away is a very important aspect for many ancient cultures, indeed the cornerstone of numerous spiritual and initiatory paths — just see what the Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs and other ancient civilizations built. The electronic atmospheres are perfect for this theme: sounds without borders, an encounter between drones as a hymn to the gates of life and death.
Attracted by the sacred, one past group in America — later named the Adena people — had a burial method for their loved ones in a decidedly bizarre fashion. The burial distributed the bodies of the dead in a single line, adding above them a mound of stones lined up to resemble the spine of a long snake. In this culture, limited to Ohio, it seems the different local populations also witnessed the fall of a large meteorite in the area where they built their mounds. Theories emerged regarding hypothetical contacts with “divine entities” who communicated and transmitted knowledge, akin to the Hopi beliefs.
Chris said, “I have always loved and been enthralled with the Ancient Alien connection to these people so I worked with sounds with a futuristic and cosmic quality to them. What jarguna and I created takes the listener on a journey conveying the wonderment and excitement I felt being at the effigy mounds in person, feeling the energy and connection with the ancients.”
jarguna adds, “Beyond the collective imagination and mind often conditioned by dogmas and religions, in this album we dig into fears and expectations. Here in an increasingly consumerist and material world, it is true that we avoid talking about death as a taboo. The album explores an underground mystery of ancient beliefs and new, futuristic theories, perhaps closer to reality than you can imagine.”
With sound elaborations originating directly from the dark side and light side of our soul, these pieces evoke other dimensions, other worlds, perhaps just what these ancient populations once dreamed of.