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Felix Culpa

by Sebastian Melmoth

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Fletch it's taken a few plays for these tracks to sink in, but I rather like the exploration of longer pieces. I think Icarus is currently my favourite, quite a dreamy trip. Roadtrip orgasm deserves a notable mention for its fairly bonkers stream of consciousness style of poetry. Favorite track: Icarus.
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'Felix Culpa' is the culmination of many disparate talents and the result of almost a year-and-a-half of trial and error. At its heart, this work explores the very nature of the Fall: a condition of living in a permanent state of exposure; of opening oneself up to the Other. The Fall creates the prerequisites which engender its purpose. To quote Slavoj Žižek: "the ultimate Event is the Fall itself, the loss of some primordial unity and harmony which never existed, which is just a retroactive illusion" (Event [2014], Penguin, pp. 49-50). There is no knowledge in Paradise. To know God, we must first crash into her face, making sure to take in as much scenery on the way.

'The Roadtrip Orgasm' is a semi-epic prose poem that echoes a dangerous journey down a sensual highway. Composed using the cut-up technique, it has been in various stages of gestation for over three years. 'Icarus' deals with the pleasure of transgressive flight, while 'Target Fascination' - named after a phenomenon experienced by jumpers who forget to pull the chute - forces us to confront painful reality. 'King Ludd' is a cinematic blueprint for terrestrial nightmares following touchdown, which poses the question: what if Iggy Pop never got his kicks? Finally, 'Happy Skoptsy' is an ironic jab at fanatics of all creeds and sizes who take their ideologies far too seriously.

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released February 14, 2015

'Felix Culpa' was recorded at various locations on or around planet Earth between November 2013 and February 2015. All songs written and performed by Sebastian Melmoth. Lyrics by Ilia Rogatchevski. Mixed and produced by Sebastian Melmoth. Mastered by Tomoko Matsumoto at Clinker Central. The cover show Andreas Baader's death mask. It was cast and photographed by Gerhard Halbritter (1977). Design by Feline Vomitus.

Sebastian Melmoth is a conceptual sonic art project that consists of a forever changing group of thirsty vagabonds. On this recording they were (in alphabetical order):

Ralph Cumbers - Trombone, Voice
Peter Jordan - Bass Guitar, Soft Synths; Coughing Fit
James M. Lancaster - Trumpet
Jon Lancelot - Soprano Sax
Boris Rogatchevski - Violin
Ilia Rogatchevski - Field Recordings, Guitars, Melodica, Piano, Soft Synths, Voice, Zither
Laura M. Smith - Drums, Percussion, Voice
Gardyloo SPeW - Alto Sax, Clarinet
Underground Eddy - Trombone

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Sebastian Melmoth London, UK

Sebastian Melmoth is an experimental post punk band from London. Formed in 2007, the group presently consists of Pete Da Clinker, Laura Michelle Smith and Ilia Rogatchevski. Working within the popular music spectrum, their aim is to produce a diverse range of intellectually challenging and explorative sonorous content. ... more

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