I love this because for counting all the exquisite choices made, I need both of my hands. Deeply original music, and at the same orbited by incidental and/ or preconceived influences, I continue to count with my feet.
Built on futurist flute sounds, elaborate rhythms and sensitive melodies,
‘Shapes in Twilights of Infinity’ unfolds like a dreamlike path into an unparalleled musical universe. With her highly anticipated first full album, multi-instrumentalist ESINAM invites us on a cosmic journey, a trip towards horizons coloured with sounds and influences that reach as far as the eye can see.
This record finds a balance between the acoustic and electronic, between the future and ancestral. The songs are deeply rooted in grooves and global sounds, at the same time composed and spontaneously evolving, always filled with a strong musical feeling. From ‘New Dawn’ with its pulsating beats, vivid flutes and poetical spoken word featuring of the Londoner Nadeem Din-Gabisi
, over the soulful jazz vibe of ‘Lost Dimensions’, to the etheric melodies and mesmerizing singing of South-African guest vocalist Sibusile Xaba
on ‘Flowing River’: ESINAM delivers nothing less than a profound patchwork full of musical connections, where traces of house, trip
hop and hip hop intertwine with tones from traditionals, blues and psychedelica.
Similar to this wide range of musical angles, her process of recording and producing is eclectic as well: ESINAM produced some of the tracks herself in her home studio, while others were recorded with her full band, formed with three musicians – Axel Gilain on bass, Pablo Casella
on guitars and Martin Méreau on drums and vibraphone – who she picked precisely for their musical identities. The combination of their acoustic and electronic instruments brings a soulful and vibrant interpretation to ESINAM’s compositions, uplifting their groovy vibe.
Based on loops, samples, impressions and field recordings, each song follows the other like a cycle that opens, evolves, transforms and returns to the starting point.
‘Shapes in Twilights of Infinity’ became a unique music that touches the soul with emotion, that grasps you, questions you, does you good. A music that is rooted in culture and tradition while flying far away, towards tomorrow, as a surprising and engaging infinity.
“Nothing is Lost, Nothing is Created,
All is Transformed.
Nothing is Lost, Nothing is Created,
Everything is Transformed.
Nothing Escapes, Nothing is Lost,
All is Transformed,
All is a Transformation,
All is a Cycle,
For Ever to Infinity.”
ESINAM brings an African (Ghana) touch in her music. She finds inspiration in her journeys all over the world and encounters
with different cultures. Born in Brussels, ESINAM is a
composer, plays and performs her own music with flute, percussions, vocals as well as traditional and modern instruments....more
supported by 16 fans who also own “Shapes in Twilights of Infinity”
This has become one of the most important albums of my life. It’s essence is indescribable. Every sound from the start of the record through the end is placed delicately and with care. The album cover is by Julie Mehretu. It’s absolutely an incredible release for which I shall be eternally grateful. Aniket