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Zenial: Lancelot's Delusions (Sublime Retreat)

The music project of Polish sound explorer Lukasz Szaankiewicz is Zenial, merging minimal ambient and micro-sounds with field recordings and a sense of skewed motion, creating long-form virtual journeys through strange environments, or in rich textures of a dark night accompanied by slowly moving tones, his years of experience heard through exceptional sonic qualities.
 

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Includes an 8 page color booklet of photographic art work.

Label: Sublime Retreat
Catalog ID: SR009
Squidco Product Code: 32783

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels w/ booklet

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"It's like being exhausted and waiting for the train.
It's around the time you try to sleep in a crowded place, such as an airport. As you enter a hypnotic state, reality begins to circle you...
"

This is how Lukasz Szalankiewicz aka Zenial describes the notion behind the track "Lancelot Delusion," which inspired the title and theme of his new album. The Doppler effect used in the composition contributes to the psychedelic, surreal ambience. In this track, dreams and journeys are intertwined and pervade the entire release. The title is a metaphor for a mythical, medieval knight who becomes bewildered and lost over his many quests. These patterns are wrapped in unique, minimalistic soundscapes that use field recordings.

Lukasz tries to take on new challenges after years of experimenting with various forms of electronic sounds and unconventional music. He's become more fascinated with minimal ambient and micro-sounds in the last two years. Why? Because, according to Lukasz, doing something worthwhile in that area is difficult. It's the next hermetic genre, according to Zenial.

The oneiric nature is also present in the first track, "How Can I Be There," which deals with forgetting, drifting away, observing, waiting, and dreaming...

Orion+ follows the notion of a journey but is loaded with awe and dread, as it was written during the early stages of the epidemic. Lukasz has something to say about it:

"In fact, the constellation of Orion conceals a lot of information. It's an excellent place to start looking for the Pleiades, for example. I can only see what my unarmed eye lets me see as I raise my head into the sky. I wonder where we are and where we are headed. Wandering around my neighbourhood and my city, I ask the same questions, but with new instruments in my eyes and ears - uncertainty, worry, and the want to see and hear more in order to feel more and understand better."

The track was originally self-released as digital-only but has now been specially edited and remastered for "Lancelot's Delusions" as well as the closing piece "Urban Legends". A Muse en Circuit Ð National Center of Musical Creation (Alfortville, France) in cooperation with Art Zoyd Studios commissioned the latter, and it has been fortunately allowed to be featured on this CD as well "-Sublime Retreat


Includes an 8 page color booklet of photographic art work.

Artist Biographies

"Lukasz Szalankiewicz (alias ZENIAL) - historian, sound designer and electronic music artist, member of the Polish Society for Electroacustic Music (PSeME). He currently lives and works in Krakow.

Participated in many international festivals (e.g. in Austria, Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, Holland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, France, China, Hungary, Belarus, Romania, Lithuania, Israel , Kazakhstan, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Luxemburg).

Performed in Poland in Audio Art Festival, Unsound Festivall, Contemporary Art Centre Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Kordegarda Gallery (Warsaw), Contemporary Art Centre (Laboratorium, Warsaw), Contemporary Art Laznia (Gdańsk), Contemporary Art Gallery Arsenal (Bialystok), Contemporary Art Gallery (Wroclaw) and many other places... His practice extends to research audiovisuals performance and interactive installations."

-Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (https://www.cccb.org/en/participants/file/lukasz-szalankiewicz/35874)
5/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. How Can I Be There 11:12

2. Lancelot's Delusions 20:57

3. Orion+ 19:15

4. Urban Legends 14:23

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