Luca Mortellaro (a.k.a Lucy) has announced plans for the release of his third studio album, entitled Self Mythology.
This third entry in the Berlin-based artist's trio of adventurous full-lengths is visually introduced by artwork of a pearl-bearing shell, designed by Stroboscopic Artefacts’ resident visual artist (and Lucy’s brother) Ignazio Mortellaro.
Listeners to this album will be struck immediately by how different it sounds from past Lucy productions, although it still retains the feel that defined his previous two solo LPs, Wordplay for Working Bees and Churches, Schools, and Guns. The album is enriched by several layers of ambience and by the wordless, improvisational, yet still somehow narrative, vocals of Jon Jacobs.
Without a doubt, it’s an album with an “initiatory” atmosphere that listeners should commit themselves to hearing in one sitting, with as little interruption as possible. However, unlike many initiatory rites, this is no arduous ordeal at all: Great care has gone into connecting each chapter of the album with the same silver thread of narrative.
Interestingly, many of the tracks on Self Mythology refer to old legends and well-known fairytales. To give an example: The opening track references Baba Yaga’s magical hut.
The interplay between the graphic design, the vocal and performances of Jacobs, and the sound design chosen by Lucy, aims to be an intimate audio autobiography of its creators, while also referring back to the stories that have shaped human destiny for millennia.
The press release describes it as "a meditation upon the reciprocity between personal hopes and fears and collective dreams and nightmares; an exploration of the endless interplay between the universal and the deeply individual. It is the tale of that uncanny process by which our own conscious experience draws from the pool of archetypal information, whilst also contributing to it."
A1 / 1. Baba Yaga's Hut
A2 / 2. Dissonance Emancipation
B1 / 3. Vibrations Of A Circular Membrane
B2 / 4. A Selfless Act
B3 / 5. Meetings With Remarkable Entities
C1 / 6. A Millennia Old Adversary
C2 / 7. She-Wolf Night Mourning
D1 / 8. Samsara
D2 / 9. Canticle Of Creatures
Self Mythology is scheduled for May 6 release via Lucy's own Stroboscopic Artefacts imprint.