La Metamorfosis

Reeko

Record label
Mental Disorder
Catalog Number
MD19
Release Date
March 2nd 2015

Tracks

playpostitleartistsduration
A1La Metamorfosis5:47
A2Capitulo 15:30
B1Capitulo 26:35
B2Capitulo 35:37

Coinciding with the one hundredth anniversary of one of the most surprising works by contemporary icon Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis (1915), Reeko celebrates the novella or adult fairy tale with his own reinterpretation of Kafka's controversial narration. The author offers a first person account of the protagonist Gregor Samsa's transmutation; a human just like any other, with a grey, predictable and routine existence. However, this bland existence comes to an end when Gregor undergoes a catharsis, a metamorphosis that transforms him into an insect. A mutation that Reeko describes beat by beat, giving us Samsa's every single heart beat and shudder. We bear witness to his dehumanisation, we feel every trace of humanity dissolve in the cold blood of the new being that is coming to life: an insect man, a new circumstance that will affect the way he sees the reality he thought he knew and the world that seemed to him rigid and unchangeable. Juan Rico has already demonstrated his capacity for description. With the use of his trademark dark sound - both digital and analogue, since he has mastered both worlds- his sublime double LP Finding the New Matter (Mental Disorder, 2011) took us to new and exciting places, establishing him as a reputed artist within the international electronic music scene. The first chapter-track is 'La Metamorfosis', which provides the title for the record and is the only track with a name. From here on, there will be no more labels; the dimension we find ourselves in bears no description. A1, 'La Metamorfosis' acts as a prologue, a prelude which describes the whole record. It is not one of four tracks, but the opening that allows for the rest of the story to unfold. Over the course of six minutes, this first track progressively penetrates an atmosphere which becomes increasingly clear and intelligible for us humans, and at the same time separates us, cell by cell, from our own species. A2, 'Capitulo 1'. We suddenly become aware, as Gregor Samsa barely managed in the kafkian setting of the original novel, that something is happening to us. All around us, reality remains unchangeable, but our vital rhythms and the way we perceive our surroundings is.. simply terrifying. Or is it just different? B1. Side B welcomes us with 'Capitulo 2': Gregor has lost all contact with his human self and has ceased to struggle, to question what is happening and where this catharsis is taking him. In this track, sounds stop fluctuating and palpitating and acquire a cold and thorny cadence. Precise basslines and rough melodies that transport us with very little gentleness to minute 2:40, where reality turns poignant, painful and imposing. It envelops us and abandons us to a new sense of self that we still cannot comprehend and, least of all, control. B2. The transformation or metamorphosis reaches its climax with 'Capitulo 3'. The final light of the painful experience. A light which is dark and a place, a reality that, far from reassuring, takes us and pushes us with growing strength. Now we perceive every molecule, appendage and limb (dozens of them that we will need to coordinate from now on). We feel the embrace of the shell that both protects and oppresses. And we want to regain control, assume our new reality as quickly as we can to leave confusion, panic and fear behind. Indeed, all these begin to fade. We manage to stand up, little by little, with great pain. Nothing has changed around us, but nothing is the same either. Our perception is different. The metamorphosis, the intense sonic battle we have lost in chapter 3, is an avenue to a new life. A cold and invertebrate life, but free from the chains of the sickly heartbeat that tethered us to that false warmth when we were mere humans. Where will this new phase of our existence take us? How will we survive as insects from now on?