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Neon Genesis: Soul Into Matter²
Artist
Meemo Comma
Label
Planet µ
Catalogue Number
ZIQ429
Release Date
19 March 2021

On "Neon Genesis: Soul Into Matter²" Meemo Comma (a.k.a. Lara Rix-Martin) takes Kabbalistic text and Jewish prayer and guides them through twinkling ambient synths, breakbeats and cranking industrial noise, full of strange wonder and drama. You can hear soft synths transmuted into choirs of seraphim and moments of occulted dancefloor rapture, from Aramaic chanting and ravey breakbeats to readings from the Zohar. It is quite beautiful at times.

Jewish mysticism is at the root of Western esoteric beliefs and therefore has formed the structure of many films and books that explore the question of humanity. Inspired by the visuals of Evangelion and nineties anime soundtracks such as Ghost In The Shell (and its later Stand Alone Complex series), the new Meemo Comma album is a soundtrack to an imaginary anime that, like its real counterparts (e.g. Full Metal Alchemist), takes the beautiful parts of Kabbalah and sets them to science fiction stories.

When asked about the themes that inform her new album, Lara Rix-Martin says "Judaism is filled with many tales and teachings that prevail in science fiction to this day - whether consciously or not. Sci-Fi is the genre best equipped to explore the immensity and challenges of human experience. Something that Judaism has also been attempting for over three thousand years."

"I watched Ghost in the Shell when I was 14 and it was so striking, visually and sonically. The soundtrack has acted as a backdrop to explore my Jewish identity. I have been reading the Talmud since last year, discovering a deeper love for Jewish stories and teachings. There are some beautiful, hopeful ideas in Kabbalah too, which were a central inspiration to this album such as the idea that the first human was non-gendered and just this form made up from the qualities of HaShem (God) who performed 'Tzimtzum', contracted their form using their Ein Sof (eternal light) to create 'Adam Kadmon' whose form split into all human souls."

Lara playfully subheads her album: “In the year 5781 humanity is ever closer to becoming a singular consciousness. A team of humans are forming an android, Adam Kadmon (CODENAME: UNIT KADMON). First, humans have to gain higher consciousness guided by the Sefirot.“ While you don't have to know about these influences to enjoy the music, it stands true that the intention is an irreverent love letter to the way grand myths are birthed into the future through new forms, retaining their beauty and elegance.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Upload To Unit Kadmon 2:01 Buy

    Upload To Unit Kadmon

  2. 2 Neon Genesis: Title Sequence 2:16 Buy

    Neon Genesis: Title Sequence

  3. 3 Tikkun Olam 2:53 Buy

    Tikkun Olam

  4. 4 Ein Sof 4:19 Buy

    Ein Sof

  5. 5 Tzimtzum 3:24 Buy

    Tzimtzum

  6. 6 Gevurah 1:49 Buy

    Gevurah

  7. 7 Genesis 8:22 - Annihilation 1:24 Buy

    Genesis 8:22 - Annihilation

  8. 8 Tohu & Tikun 3:48 Buy

    Tohu & Tikun

  9. 9 Tif'eret 4:21 Buy

    Tif'eret

  10. 10 Unit Chai 1:51 Buy

    Unit Chai

  11. 11 Yetzirah 3:23 Buy

    Yetzirah

  12. 12 Merkabah 3:56 Buy

    Merkabah

  13. 13 Nefesh 4:21 Buy

    Nefesh

  14. 14 End Credits 2:51 Buy

    End Credits

Meemo Comma

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