This is straight up space music: aliens, black holes, astronauts, star ships. Contained are absolutely massive beats and bottomless synth pads. ‘Anima Mundi’ is acidic, burning away the rust to reveal the shiny underbelly of a rocket ship headed to a distant solar system. This is true stargazing music, made for asking the biggest questions of our existence.
Much like the Monolith in 2001: a Space Odyssey, Vril’s music has evoked feelings of mystery and suspense, but we’re downright launched into space on this affair. ‘Anima Mundi’ is finally out widely and it’s even better than the YouTube cassette rips led us to believe. The music in full quality is utter weightlessness while still sounding like a searing chunk of opal that lay undiscovered for billions of years. Trust me–I already thought it was perfect then, imagine how I feel now.
Each one of the tracks from the ‘Haus’ EP works even better in the context of the full record. “Haus” gets an even smoother, more melodic rework; “Riese” is also more melodic in construction with the beat stripped away in favour of more reverb and sustained notes. They lose their dissociative feeling for something a bit more intimate and in turn gain even more emotional power over the listener.
The title track of the album is a masterclass in how to make slo-mo industrial techno, the ideal sound for watching crash test dummies in extreme slow motion as they’re smashed into a million pieces. “Ilojim,” the minimal-yet-corrosive centre track, could be the soundtrack to a scene from Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic, Alien; discomfort is the key on the track. “Eos,” the clear climax to the album’s story (whatever that may be), is a beautiful piece of restrained melody, perfectly chugging along in harmony at the end of a long journey.
‘Anima Mundi’ could absolutely be considered a future classic, and if you’ve been on the fence since the day it was released, have no fear: this, much like his other releases, is buy on sight. Make the jump, throw the space suit on, and get your rocket ship rumbling. Vril, whoever he is, will launch you to the next galaxy over.
Anima Mundi is out now and is available in both vinyl and digital formats. Order a copy from Delsin.
A2. Statera Rerum
A3. Anima Mundi
B1. Riese (Rework)
B2. Infinitum Eternis Anime
C1. Haus (Rework)
D1. In Via
E1. Sine Fine
E2. Justus Est
F2. Longius Astrum