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Jeff Mills rubs his crystal balls to work up a haunted vision of techno futures on an epic new 3LP mission
The alien emissary is at his sci-fi storytelling best on ‘The Clairvoyant’, which revolves around themes of time travel, prognostication, and technoid instincts, articulated in a singular sonic language that he has keenly developed over the past 30 years. This time he acts as a sort of clairvoyant protagonist leading a “metaphysical séance” that he says “should be listened to in a darkened, candle lit room”, and with few other distractions. The results are typically spellbinding, demonstrating the sort of Janus-faced progression of his music at its most beguiling, with one antenna on atavistic, techngostic rhythms, and another pointed to kaotic harmonies, operating on sixth and haptic senses uniquely attuned to the cosmos, your body, and mind.
“There are many ways to imagine the future. One might be to look back in the past to see what has similarities to what we are seeing today. Another way might be to invent and build a time machine to jettison ahead in time to get a glimpse. And, one way might be to use our natural senses to feel what the future might be like. Though all are intriguing to explore, this album is about the latter option.
We are a species of human animals and we are guided by the ways of “knowing” from feeling; by the ways of intuition, premonitions and sensing. Each one of us are born with this special tool set that tells us when the time is right, when enough is enough and when there may be more or less to it. It has been these skills that has allowed humanity to survive and flourish for thousands of years. It is also safe to say that we do not know all there is to know about this skill.”