Nebula, the new track by Italian guitarist/techno dude 7IAN7 starts by dropping you headfirst into a sullenly tenebrious atmosphere, an aural mood swing into a landscape of washing sounds, cut across with the sound of someone somewhere tapping against glass.
At times sharp and crisp with all-but-brittle textures, at others almost cinematically malevolent, 7IAN7’s stabs of heavily processed guitar lend the back-and-forth of washed, soft hi-hats and urging bass a kind of future-world cleanliness, a clawback to technological advancement that takes us out of the primordial murk.
The video that accompanies the song adds to this apposition of tech vs organism; the track is called Nebula, and visual artist D1NG has produced a hovering swarm of dotted lights that pulse and scatter to strange shapes before shooting back to the distinct luminescence of the song, before presenting us with images of a forest floor that digitizes and dedigitizes to varying degrees.
the slight sense of disquiet that taps at the back of my consciousness as the track leads us through the nebula
As opposed to a lot of electronic music that you hear these days, Nebula by 7IAN7 doesn’t sit well as background music: the slight sense of disquiet that taps at the back of my consciousness as the track leads us through the nebula keeps pulling my focus back; while technically, the ears of the guitarist in me perk up at the fast harmonic runs from the heavily processed synth-guitar that are scattered through the track. And let us not forget that nebulae “eventually become dense enough to form stars” (wikipedia).