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olivia wyatt + bitchin bajas - sailing a sinking sea (12inch vinyl lp)


ARTIST // olivia wyatt + bitchin bajas
LABEL // drag city (us)
CAT // dc649lp


Last year, filmmaker OLIVA WYATT invited BITCHIN BAJAS to add incidental music to the climatic sounds of her feature-length experimental documentary on the nomadic Moken people, Sailing A Sinking Sea. This new album release packages the soundtrack LP with a DVD of the film, thus opening several windows to the eternal questions posed on both formats and providing two distinct pieces of art coming from the same source. Sailing A Sinking Sea is a feature-length experimental documentary exploring the culture of the Moken people of Burma and Thailand. The Moken are a seafaring community and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, traditionally spending eight months out of the year in thatch-roofed wooden boats. Wholly reliant upon the sea, their entire belief system revolves around water. Bitchin Bajas were tapped to add to the already-existing raft of water sounds and other field recordings captured in the film. They were shown scenes, and with subtle directions from Wyatt, laid down music in the vibe of the environment, making particularly satisfying use of auto-harps in the process. Mark McNeill at Dublab did a mix compiling film sounds and soundtrack pieces that gave the album an aquatic flow, with waves of water, Moken voices and songs and cascades of autoharp, synth, bells and flute lapping up against each other, producing a sense of time passing in its ultimate way—somehow timelessly; today twined with the epic tail of history and the million forgotten days stretching behind. The sound of the real intermingling with the music of the mind provides a hypnotic, album-length interpolation of the energies of Sinking a Sailing Sea’s incredible images.

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