Monastery – The Garden of Abandon


Μία στο τόσο κυκλοφορεί μία dungeon synth δημιουργία που να μου τραβάει την προσοχή. Το 2018 ήταν οι Varkana και οι Aokigahara, το 2019 ποδαρικό κάνουν οι Monastery. Φυσιολογικά, πίσω από το όνομα Monastery κρύβεται ένας άνθρωπος, ο Robb Kavjian, ο οποίος διαχειρίζεται επίσης και το online store Seraphim House, όπου θα βρείτε και την άλλη μπάντα του, τους indie/folk 1476. To “The Garden of Abandon”, λοιπόν, είναι εμπνευσμένο από την Pre-Raphaelite_Brotherhood και το μέλος της, τον Άγγλο ζωγράφο Edward_Burne-Jones, το έργο του οποίου “Psyche and Pan” κοσμεί το εξώφυλλο του δίσκου. Αντιγράφω τα λόγια του Kavjian σχετικά: “The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (who were later known as the Pre-Raphaelites) were initially a Seven member group of English artists that rejected the modern art doctrines of their time. Influenced by Romanticism and often choosing to focus on Medieval, Shakespearian, and Arthurian themes, they searched for a beauty they felt lost and sometimes laughed at by their contemporaries. They held a deep reverence for the natural world and a strong belief that freedom and responsibility were inseparable. It was a common practice amongst them to instill multiple layers of symbolism into their works such as the mythological and metaphorical interpretations of flowers and plants. This album is a dedication to them and an absolute rejection of the ugliness of our current times.” Ο δίσκος αποτελεί μία προσπάθεια να αποτυπωθούν με μουσικούς όρους  φαντασιακά και μυστηριακά θέματα του Μεσαίωνα. Εγώ προσωπικά «ταξίδεψα» με τη μουσική των Monastery και ένιωσα Μεσαιωνικές εικόνες, προερχόμενες από πίνακες, ταινίες και βιβλία που έχω δει και διαβάσει, να ξεπηδούν από το ασυνείδητό μου αβίαστα και γλαφυρά. Η μουσική των Monastery έχει την ιδιότητα να εξιδανικεύει με έναν «μαγικό» τρόπο την εποχή που περιγράφει (μία εποχή κατά τα άλλα άπλετου σκοταδισμού, πόνου, φτώχειας και έλλειψης σεβασμού στην ανθρώπινη ζωή), φιλτράροντας όλο το σκοτάδι και αφήνοντας μόνο το φως να μας πλημμυρίσει.

Once in a while I come across a dungeon synth release that draws my attention. In 2018 there were Varkana and Aokigahara, in 2019 Monastery is the first band to do so. Normally, behind the name Monastery we find one individual, Robb Kavjian, who is also responsible for the online store Seraphim House, where you will find his other band, indie/folk 1476. So, “The Garden of Abandon” is inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite_Brotherhood, and its member, the English painter Edward_Burne-Jones, whose work “Psyche and Pan” adorns the cover of the album. I copy Kavjian’s words about: “The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (who were later known as the Pre-Raphaelites) were initially a Seven member group of English artists who rejected modern art doctrines of their time. Influenced by Romanticism and often choosing to focus on Medieval, Shakespearian, and Arthurian themes, they searched for a beauty they felt lost and sometimes laughed at by their contemporaries. They held a deep respect for the natural world and a strong belief that freedom and responsibility were inseparable. It was a common practice amongst them to instill multiple layers of symbolism into their works such as the mythological and metaphorical interpretations of flowers and plants. This album is a dedication to them and an absolute rejection of the ugliness of our current times.” The album is an attempt to capture, in musical terms, imaginary and mysterious themes of the Middle Ages. I personally “traveled” with the music Monastery produced and I “daydreamed” with pictures of paintings, films and books with Medieval themes, which I have seen and read, sprouting from my subconscious effortlessly and vividly. Monastery’s music has the ability to idealize in a “magical” way the era it describes (a period of time otherwise full of obscurantism, pain, poverty and lack of respect for human life), filtering all the darkness and leaving only the light to overwhelm us.

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