Imagine the woods, green but dark, as it is the end of the day. Looking around, the dusk is falling. The shadows are becoming abstract, the clear contours of the shapes are in the hiding. The night, full of movements in the forest, is born.
This poetical setting of an imaginary scene seems an appropriate introduction to Lifecutter's music, which is dark and distorted, immersing the emotional and the sensitive in abstract harshness and noise. The wooded green of the hills around his hometown Hrastnik is what Lifecutter predominantly identifies as his main surrounding, perhaps even draws inspiration from. This can be somewhat surprising to an unsuspicious listener, considering the early industrialisation of the area and many implicit references to the ruggedness of coalminers' lives in the works of certain other artists from the area (Laibach is not the only one, albeit perhaps the most known example), and the intensity of Lifecutters music itself.
Musicians come in all shapes and sizes, with roads travelled and future intentions. But the paths taken, one would assume, are always laid with difficult questions regarding the form and content of the next record, next project, evaluating the past and deciding on the future methodologies, materials, structures, and equipment. This record unfolds the artist's conscious effort to put aside and avoid the customary and well-established track structures, especially those usually used in songwriting. There is rarely a bridge – if there's one at all; drum machines keep pounding a few variations for long periods of time and then disappear unexpectedly, and track endings wiggle their way from the grasp of the habitual.
While the listener is encouraged to build her own imagery, I keep coming back to the metaphor of the green woods at dusk: the eternal, continuous, and periodic processes of germination, birth, death, and decay, intertwined, dependent, inhibiting, encouraging, in cycles and development. There is repetition and time. A lot of time.
released May 9, 2015
Written/Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by Domen Učakar
Design by Andro Giunio
Photo artwork and text by L. Prinčič
Booklet printed by Maruša 'Maruji' Hren
Released by Kamizdat