The Drift Institute – Damages And Their Slices [Pensaments Sònics]
With ‘Damages And Their Slices’, the debut collaborative album by The Drift Institute, Swiss producer / DJ NVST (Big Science Records) & French producer / DJ Théo Muller (Krakzh) invite listeners into an esoteric universe of black magic and political revolt, for an unadulterated, immersive experience.
Shaped by eclecticism, with elements of dark ambient, drone, industrial music, dub & trip-hop at the forefront, The Drift Institute concoct subtle, entrancing compositions of intoxicating melodies, enveloping textures, and heavyweight rhythms, creating a haunting environment loaded with occurrences of explosive sensory catharsis.
The alchemy of ‘Damages And Their Slices’ is rooted in the synthesis of sensation and meaning, between music of hypnotic potency and words of cryptic significance. Across twelve tracks, striking undertones emerge from a committed discourse based on texts written and recited by NVST.
Resembling mantric intonations, these words unfold in an acidic criticism of modern society and all its concomitant excess: economic monopolies, the depravities of capitalism, police brutality, and mass surveillance; tyrannies that compel consciousness and insurrection. Yet at The Drift Institute, defiance is no longer purely ideological, direct action becomes carnal because reasoning doesn’t bring about revolutions, bodies do.
NVST & Théo Muller create powerful arrangements of evocative atmosphere and enigmatic symbolism. Drawing on codes of witchcraft and the occult sciences, their cinematographic world recounts a story centred on the rumoured existence of The Drift Institute, a mysterious secret society originating from a remote Gothic castle, driven by a mission to purge evil and depose corrupt leaders through dark shamanic ceremonies. An arcane yet necessary process for eradicating all of our contemporary infamies, and for the advent of a fairer world.
Release date: March 31st, 2023.