beta: obsolete magnetic tape, a second version, something lowly
ciacada: strange and humble insect that emanates beautiful sound
mouna: practice of silence, wish, revelation.
Painstakingly constructed by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Scott Davis during more than two years of spiritual struggle and rebirth, ‘betacicadae: mouna’ is a lush, transcendental narrative in sound. It is a cohesive whole that employs a broad spectrum of textures and extends far beyond formula like “drone” or “field recordings.” The sounds absorb, project, embrace, and comfort the listener in imaginary geography—surreal, dreamlike spaces beween earth and otherworldliness. ‘mouna’ is an intimate personal statement, but also a universal musical narrative of redemption. Source material for each track began with field recordings: a farm in Oregon, a rainforest in Hawaii, different cities. An array of acoustic and electronic sounds were generated from scratch: instruments included guitars (electric, bass, lap steel), wood flute, vibraphone, harp, violin, percussion, synthesizers, effects pedals, and digital software.
Elegua Records is proud to present this debut release by betacicadae. Beginning with photographic images by Davis, the design, printing, and construction of the album’s physical editions are approached with the care and depth of feeling that the music deserves. Taking the label’s handmade DIY approach to limited editions a step further, clear vinyl and compact disc editions of 100 will include one-of-a-kind screen printed, stamped, and individually numbered inserts and transparencies. The physical editions will also include a unique download code with access to high-quality digital files of the album and bonus material.
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"A highly recommended trip."—Dissolve (France)
"Highly melodic vibrations transform the heightened outer world into an inner headspace. Beautiful!"—De:Bug (Germany)
“Mouna is a quite lovely listen, one which instills me with a firm sense of place and a type of implacable nostalgia. Recommended."—Alex Cobb, Experimedia (US)
"Life is everywhere & at every moment, this covers the entire range of emotion with calm oddities, frightened fauna, chaos & control, washed out & dazzlingly brilliant, the dark night of the unknown & the slow morning peace, and the opening track 'Pahoa' is the most beautiful fucking thing I’ve ever heard, it’s a masterpiece of wonder, a place of perfection, and I just want to live inside it forever. This is as good as debuts get, my friends. The best on every level. "—Anti-Gravity Bunny (US)
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released 01 April 2013
kevin scott davis: composer, strings, winds,
percussion, electronics & field recordings
helen funston: vocals on ‘telerehabilitation’
recorded and mixed by kevin scott davis
mastered by carl saff
photos by kevin scott davis & antonia degen
designed and printed by david font