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by Mikael Tobias

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Rarefied 03:57
Lokus 04:44
Sancto 05:07
Gennem Rav 03:31
Tærskel 04:54
Grovvalse 04:47


APERTURE is a hall of mirrors. A space of liminal transience with six doors to choose from. Each leads you into a distinctive sonic universe, reflecting the persistent states of expansion and contraction of life. The journey is at once abrasive and cathartic, dragging you in to a churning orbit and rearranging the elements of body and mind before spitting you back out into the ether.

We live in extreme times. We attach more and more to our minds and forget to connect to our embodied human experiences. Fascinated by the myriad ways that sound can affect us, Tobias channels his own visceral experiences into the album's dance between rigid and fluid. The push and pull of human life is laid bare as constantly mounting tension finds release in restless cycles. APERTURE'S violent beauty dares us to look closer and examine ourselves through its lens. By zooming in, we can cross the threshold to a pivotal transformation where sound catalyzes an embodied experience of emotion. Tempestuous as it may be, we must not let ourselves forget to feel it.

Recorded between Copenhagen, DK and Montréal, CA, 2019-2020.

"Amazing sound design and a very compelling progression filled with surprises." -Stereofox

"Really strong...deep and textured production." -Dummy Mag

"Absolutely riveting." -Tome to the Weather Machine

"...driving and powerful energy...great build and unfolding of melody" -The Trouble Notes

"The captivating flux of electronics makes for a hypnotic listening experience." -Underrated

Rarefied: vimeo.com/512501734
Gennem Rav: vimeo.com/519102317
Tærskel: vimeo.com/565641971
Grovvalse: vimeo.com/544516078


released May 21, 2021

Composed, recorded, produced and mixed by Mikael Tobias.

Mikael Tobias - bass, feedback, guitar, lap steel guitar, noise, percussion, programming, synthesizers, trombone, vocals

Amanda Berglund - Vocals on Sancto
Marc-Olivier Germain - Drums on Sancto
Pietro Amato - French Horn on Gennem Rav
Geneviève Clermont - Violins on Gennem Rav
Maria Martine Jagd - Violins on Tærskel

Mastered at Six Bit Deep by Joel Krozer & Mikael
Artwork by Mikael
Special thanks to AGB

℗ & © Barkhausen Recordings 2021 (BHR001LP)
Produced with support from KODA Kultur.


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Mikael Tobias Copenhagen, Denmark

Mikael Tobias is a Canadian musician, composer, sound artist and curator based in Copenhagen, DK.

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