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Sub-Photic Scenario released today.

December 6, 2022

I am excited that my new release comes out on CD today. Released by Erototox Decodings and available at Bandcamp now.

Sub-Photic Scenario is a sister release of Komplett Kollaps – a dedication to Jóhann Jóhannsson that comes out on vinyl in february but is available digitally already. Second of three releases coming out. The three sisters of sorrow.

This work was inspired by the deep ocean, the pressure, the darkness and the fact that there are amazing creatures down there creating their own light, brightening up their surroundings via bioluminescence. Using chemical reactions these lifeforms become pockets of lights in the otherwise pitch-black, harsh environment they live in.

It was not until I had finished writing the album in 2021, that I understood its relation to my own life at the time, of what I was going through, a deep, dark depression, struggling with keeping my head above the water.

Sub-Photic Scenario is a part of a trilogy of releases that are made in the period of 2018 – 2021 and will come out in ´22-´23. All of them are related, showing my state of mind in that period.
A connection I only understood afterwards.
The years 2017-2021 were very hard for various reasons, I had moved to another country giving up financial security and network, in the beginning of 2018 I lost a good friend, the year after I lost my father in Iceland. I spiralled into a deep dark hole, a paralysing state to be in. It was not until mid 2021 that I reached out for help that some light started to appear. I got diagnosed with ADHD which gave myself a new understanding of my life. And I started to get some energy to get these releases out.

Each release in the trilogy comes in its own format.

Sub-photic Scenario is released on CD by Erototox Decodings / Hljóðaklettar.

Komplett Kollaps (a dedication to Jóhann Jóhannsson) is released on vinyl by Erototox Decodings / Hljóðaklettar.

Inside Out of Chaos, it will be released on tape by Tapeworm.

This release is dedicated to my father, Magnús Helgi Ólafsson that died just before I started working on it. His favourite orchestra was the nature orchestra. He took me to sea as a child and taught me to respect nature and my fellow human beings, especially those that might be less fortunate.

Sub-Photic Scenario was mastered by Yann Coppier. It was a difficult process that took over half a year. He showed great patience in the process and did countless versions. For optimal listening it needs to be listened to in a pair of quality headphones or speakers. Yann said it would make no sense in having this on streaming services. And I did not plan to do it but I decided to give it a try and see how it ends up sounding. So at least for a while it is available for streaming at the various platforms. It might be taken down at some point if we are not happy with the sound quality.

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