ASIPV004 / Markus Guentner - Theia

There was chaos and violence, a collision of dark matter and heat. 
In the maelstrom, a legacy was created and a new moon born. 
She left something here forever.
But amongst infinite black depths,
Theia rages on. 

Depicting the legendary impact of the planet Theia, Pop Ambient pioneer Markus Guentner returns to vinyl, with a highly anticipated full-length LP.  

The evolution of a historic astrological moment is brought to life through a dramatic, evolving soundscape that only Markus could capture. Drones build upon swathes of light, cut by an ever-present sense of fear. The distant shine of stars puncture a pitch-black canvas, as a force gathers momentum and intensifies. Theia's tortuous movement slowly builds in-front of you, and the inevitable moment of impact creeps closer and louder. The destruction is desolate, dramatic and beautiful all at once.

Markus has become synonymous with this unique style of ambient music over the years, stretching between intensely layered, looping rhythms, and subtle rolling dub-techno. His early releases on Kompakt set the tone for the respected Pop Ambient sound, 
through genre defining tracks such as Express YourselfMarkus went on to release albums with Sending Orbs, WareAffin and most recently Moodgadget, as well as a Places Series EP for A Strangely Isolated Place (Talking Clouds) and remixes for the label's debut LP, Uncharted Places.

This is Markus' first dedicated vinyl release since 2006, and with it comes the care and attention to detail deserved of such a return. Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio, RAI also lends his hand to one track, manipulating an entire soundscape with nothing but his signature guitar.

Pressed on opaque vinyl allowing the artwork to mimic the shine of the moon, ASIP creative talent Nick Brzostowski has turned the artist's vision into a piece of art, with his meticulous custom design.

Theia is available as double opaque vinyl (with free high-quality download) housed in a matte gatefold sleeve, and as a digital download through Bandcamp. 

The album you’ll need this winter
— ISO50
Best ambient album of the year by a long, long way.
— Igloo Mag
An omnipresent sense of dread and anticipation shadows the release until the primal event arrives in all its monumental glory during the closing “Cavus.” You’d be wise to strap yourself in before undertaking this rather harrowing final journey.
— Textura

Theia tracklist:

A1 Magnetar
A2 Baryon (Feat. The Sight Below) 
B1 Redshift
B2 Ejecta
C1 Limb
C2 Paragon
D1 Cavus

(Vinyl features continuos mixed sides)
Release date: 9th November 2015

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri
Artwork by Nick Brzostowski

Reviews/support: ISO50 | Heathered PearlsIgloo Mag | Textura | Headphone Commute | Sounds Of A Tired City (Best of 2015) | Juno (Best of 2015) | Headphone Commute (Best of 2015) |
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