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  • Release Date 2017-11-03
  • Label hfn
  • Catalog HFN66CDD
Cryosleep is the debut album from Null Void the alias of prolific New York producer Kurt Uenala. Its an album of contrasts and tension where darkness is pierced by blinding light and where moody new wave bleeds into stark electronics. In one moment joyful memories give way to isolation and regret and in the next Cryosleep explores the catharsis of crowded dancefloors. Throughout the record Uenala matches his dynamic production with incredible vocalistsfrom Depeche Modes Dave Gahan and the inimitable Shannon Funchess to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Big Pink. Null Voids take on dark pop meshes with his love for Detroit electro poignant synth melodies and cold atmospheres. With the cinematic opener Falling Down and brooding instrumentals like Come To Me Cryosleep can feel like the soundtrack to a lost space epic. No doubt the album evokes Blade Runner dystopian landscapes and the splendor of faroff galaxies. As Uenala puts it Cryosleep is inspired by classic scifi stuff images of futuristic machines sustaining humans frozen in a dreamstate. The melancholy Foreverness explores what they might be thinking: A collection of fragments memories of a life livedpreserved but incomplete and jumbled. Meanwhile Into The Void paints a peaceful otherworldly picture like soaring towards a white light. Lead single Asphalt Kiss sounds like a frenzied chase scene through rainslick streets while the upbeat Paragon zips like a bullet train over lush alien scenery. But for all of its widescreen beauty and worldbuilding Null Voids debut album also thrives on emotional songwriting and stylish versatility. Uenala dips his beloved oldschool genres in chrome giving them a contemporary highgloss sheen. Dave Gahans singular voice brings a classic edge to Where I Wait a stunning song about hope and uncertainty. I wrote it with Dave in mind Uenala says of his frequent collaborator. He wrote the melody and lyrics soon after he was sick which I think influenced the reflective tone. The song which also features Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes shines among Cryosleep s unforgettable pop excursions alongside the quietly catchy Take It Easy and the harrowing Hands Bound. Uenala envisioned the larger than life voice of Shannon Funchess amidst frantic beats and gothic bells and she brings undeniable power to Hands Bound. In awe of her presence the producer says Shannon sings her lyrics about dominance and control with scary conviction. The title Cryosleep perfectly accentuates what Null Void expresses throughout his first record. Its about the desire to keep loved ones alive beyond their lifespan he explains alluding to the personal life experiences that color this music. And if you tapped into that frozen person and scanned their last thoughts their final farewell this is what might come out. To experience Cryosleep is to enter the many worlds of the subconscious vibrant realms of hidden shadows lost memories and the mesmerizing unknown.