Desire Path Recordings is pleased to introduce Tangents: an ongoing CD format series designed with the intention of presenting long-form work not appropriate for the vinyl format. Occasionally veering off from our chosen Pathways, we hope these sprawling works buoy your heart and mind on long walks, unfettered reflection, or in the absorption of life. Although the vinyl format remains our focus and passion, we believe these exquisite works deserve to see the light of day, or the dark of night.
Tangent001: Nicholas Szczepanik – Not Knowing CD/Digital
We are pleased to present the first release of our Tangents CD Series from Nicholas Szczepanik entitled Not Knowing. Originally released as an 18 minute piece for the Ante Algo Azul series, Not Knowing has been expanded to a 53 minute masterwork. As each minute of the work unfolds, the music blossoms and the petals unfurl to reveal a constant and evolving beauty. A slow and steady throb lulls the listener into a soft molasses; a spark is ignited, becomes a glimmer, before turning into an all-encompassing radiant glow. Presented in a 4-panel eco-wallet.
Dedicated to Eliane Radigue.
Not Knowing originally took shape as a shorter sketch released as part of the Ante Algo Azul series in 2011. After much deliberation between 2010 and 2013, the version presented here is as close to finished as I could reach. The piece was formed as a direct response to the haven not sought but found in Eliane Radigue’s music. In particular, L’Île Re-Sonante helped me get through a necessarily rough patch of what we tend to call life.
I am indebted to Michael Vitrano for liking the music enough to see this release through. The cover image is from painter Elizabeth Huey’s found photo collection. Layout and design were done by Chris Koelle and J. Aaron Greene. A special thank you is reserved for Emmanuel Holterbach. As always, I thank you for listening. – NS
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Tiny Mix Tapes (Chocolate Grinder Feature) - “an immaculate circular composition”
Anti-Gravity Bunny - “The highs are incredibly high, tearful & magnificent, glowing & intricate, and the lows are delicately hypnotic, with a precision in tonality that’s breathtaking”
Fluid Radio - “The drones, transcendent in tone, sing of massive stars and pillars of tinted dust.”
A Closer Listen - “Romantic in tone, Not Knowing freely opens itself up, blossoming into the sweetest of ambient-tinted kisses.”
Touching Extremes - “Dolorously ineluctable, beautiful to hear”
Anhedonic Headphones - “There are transcendental moments of beauty, fear, and heartbreak throughout.”
Brainwashed – “While the sketch of Not Knowing previously released stood powerfully on its own, Szczepanik expands on it in every way while keeping the emotional core of the piece the same.”
Hearfeel – “It’s a fascinating and an engrossing listen if you take the time to engage with the piece.”
Wajobu – “Auditioning long form musical works take time and with the many modern distractions it’s often difficult to dedicate an extended period to focused listening, but for Not Knowing I think you’ll want to make the time.”
Sputnik Music – “Rarely is a sound so sweet yet so perfectly personable: a fairytale love affair where the story and the characters don’t matter.”
Exclaim - “Glorious in nature and gargantuan in scope, Not Knowing must be heard to be believed.”