The Funnel

by Wojciech Rusin

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about

The Funnel is the debut album by composer, instrument builder and artist Wojciech Rusin.

Combining field recordings from Port Talbot Steelworks, self built electro acoustic instruments and vocals drawn from alchemical texts and renaissance polyphony, The Funnel is chamber-musique-concrète for the wondering troubadour of the 21st century.

"Passport to an OBSCENELY DYNAMIC, contemplative dimension - “The Funnel” is a set of ancient imaginations in a stranglehold of electronics and steel factory atmosfears, originally composed for Radiophrenia by Wojciech Rusin and now gloriously pressed and presented by Glasgow based Akashic Records.

Equipped with some adapted instruments and occultist readings (decent dose of RATHER GLOOMY Greek-Egyptian philosophy in there too) Rusin composes and engineers an unpredictably celestial moving picture for the ear - the auto-tuned intro “Paolo’s Dream” and the bellowing baritones of “Salvation” diffusing into a solemn soul-purging of post-pythagorean(?) electro-organums.

“Transmutation” sounds like a petri dish of duplicating cells, contorted beauty with strings soaring like some sorta solar wind, the internalised ecstasy fading into the ambient clatter and percussion of “Cyclops”. The brain really scrambles trying to find points of reference - so we’ll shoot from the hip and go for some ridiculous meeting point between Księżyc’s “Rabbit Eclipse” and the more contemporary work of Pierre Bastien.

Side B offers further consuming, haunted chamber music - “Sacrifice” sounds like some possessed, hologram’d high priest drowning in a sea of sub-bass and gristly electronics before rounding up this destabilising noggin-scrambler with the near ten minute Open Music enchantment “Jupiter”.


- Low Company

"One of our favorite releases in recent memory. Another sturdy slap in the face of relentless re-issue culture"

- Mark Harwood, Penultimate Press

Wojciech has previously released music on various labels including Olde English Spelling Bee. The Funnel is his first album under his own name.

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released April 11, 2019

All music by Wojciech Rusin.
Additional vocals by Milo Brennan and Emmy Broughton.
Artwork and design and Print by Oliver Pitt.
Parts of The Funnel were originally commissioned by Barry Burns and Mark Vernon for Radiophrenia 2017.
℗ and © 2019 Akashic Records

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Akashic Records is a Glasgow based label of unusual music. A reminder that the experimental can be popular, whilst great pop can be deeply strange, and anything made with soul, will move any soul that hears.

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