“Lifeblood” embodies a yearning to ascend beyond the physical realm. “Lifeblood” is the razing of paths that lead us back into an oppressed state. It is both an expressionist document of L’eclipse Nue’s continuing transition into American life, and a living, mutable organism.
One of the things that is relevant to L’eclipse Nue is the concept of the imprint that a particular location can make upon a recording. This idea continues to carry weight on "Lifeblood," the tenth L'eclipse Nue album. Most of this album was recorded in my apartment in Hartford, CT throughout the first half of 2018. The only exceptions to this are the contributions that Daniel Vice and Selvio DIZ recorded in Russia, and the session with Hiko that was recorded in Tokyo back in 2016.
This particular apartment building was built in the 1920s, when Hartford was a very different place. In 2018, most of the residential areas of the city are neglected remnants that echo a more prosperous time. Yet there is still life. The sidewalks are in disrepair, but between the cracks something grows. It is a different kind of life than what was here before, but it is life nonetheless.
Another of the aspects of “Lifeblood” that makes this particular album special to me is the people who contributed to it in various ways.
On the track, “Shhh…”, both members of Russian death rock band, Stillborn Diz, added to this track and this is not the first time that we have worked together. I am always impressed by what Daniel Vice and Selviö Diz are able to bring to the table. On “Shhh…”, Daniel provides vocals in Russian, and Selviö is the one who recorded the vocals, mixed them, and added additional synth elements.
The other aural collaboration is with Hiko (drummer for Gauze) on the track, “Departure.” This was recorded in March of 2016, shortly before I moved away from Japan. Hiko agreed to go into the studio with me to record a session together and to see what would happen. “Departure” is an excerpt from that session, and it is the part that I liked the most. I had sat on that recording for a while, waiting for the right time/place to include it, and “Lifeblood” offered the right context for it.
I feel extremely fortunate to be working with both Will I (Ernte) and Zorin ( Entre Vifs) on this project. Will I of course is kind enough to release this on his label, and Zorin who did the graphic design and audio consultation. The fact that they are involved with the release of this album means a lot to me.
When doing the layout for this album, Zorin asked me to provide any photos of L’eclipse Nue performing live. The one that he selected happened to be taken by a close friend of mine named Anne:Gogh. Besides being a talented artist in her own right ( painter and rapper), she is someone who I communicate with daily and who understands a lot about me as a person. It pleases me that her fingerprints are on this release.
Daniel Sine, August 2018
L'eclipse Nue is an industrial / noise unit which began in Tokyo, Japan in 2009. Their sound is a disturbing, noisy mixture of synthesizers, samplers, vocals and effects. The unit consists primarily of one member, OPR Opco (a.k.a. Daniel Sine), with occasional guest appearances and collaborations with other artists.
Since its inception in 2009, L'eclipse Nue has evolved from the lo-fi electro sounds and melodic song structures to the noisier, freeform compositions that they are known for today. Throughout their catalogue, however, one can observe a pitch black thread. Through 2015, L'eclipse Nue performed regularly in the Tokyo area, and has collaborated with a number of other artists, both live and on recordings. In 2016, L'eclipse Nue left Japan, and has since relocated their base of operations to Hartford, CT, USA.
released August 13, 2018
Daniel Sine - composition, vocals, live electronics.
*"Shhh..." features vocals by Daniel Vice; additional synthesizer elements and final mix by Selviö Diz.
**"Departure" features drums by Hiko (recorded together in a session at Koenji Sound Studio DOM, Tokyo, Japan on 12 May, 2016).
Live photo by Anne:Gogh.
Released by Aussaat label (Germany) in August, 2018.