On the mystifying and fierce CRITICAL MAGIC 비평적 마술, to be released by Springstoff (Berlin) on 21 October, Hyenaz deploy postmodern spirituality and experimental poetry to create a work which is sonically refreshing: the electronic dance album as a singular cohesive spell.
Ranging widely across electronic musical genre, CRITICAL MAGIC commands a torrent of incantations, builds to a height of gnosis, and ends in a reality transformed. The sonic elements of the album are comprised of dedicated experiments in synthesis and intensive field recordings, arranged into diverse sonic atmospheres according to the ritualistic practices HYENAZ immersed themselves in during the recording process and in their visceral live performances.
Originally sketched for a performance at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; in collaboration with the artists Sylbee Kim and Nico Pelzer, CRITICAL MAGIC began with the idea of reimagining the defunct concept of the musical album as a magical ritual. But it is “critical” in the sense that HYENAZ hope to challenge the growing authoritarian mood in Europe and the world at large, not by waving a wand, but through intense and concentrated work in the real world.