The British label Tales of Psychofonia started its recording activity in 2020 and now, at the end of 2022, it is releasing a fourth reference by Helena Markos, the woman who runs this platform. Integration is the first musical contribution to her label, but it is also her debut as a producer. Integration is a four-track EP featuring three original tracks and a remix by Irish artist LAIR. The EP is the result of a long process that started at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic.
‘Integration’ reflects the process of integrating repressed or forgotten elements of the self—a drums-focused track with the artist’s vocals creating an atmosphere of determination. The track ‘Angels’ is a reference and a tribute to the Greek author N. Kazantzakis. ‘The angels have a mouth but do not talk; they speak to God through dancing.’ A synth-driven piece with a magnetic intensity, resembling an imaginary angelical dance; Angels as the elements that protect us when things seem uncertain and scary. ‘Endlessly Submissive’ is a bass-led track, capturing the agony of the slow days during difficult times. It becomes a representation of painful realisations around the self and the world. Insisting vocals keep repeating: ‘Endlessly submissive to the misery imposed by your shadows.’ Finally, LAIR’s cathartic remix of ‘Angels’ honours the original’s vocals, surrounding them with an incredibly imposing aura of emotive synth pads magically created by the artist. A piece of art that moves and elevates the spirit.
Release date: December 2nd, 2022.