Irja (LP, 2019)
2.Irja p. 1 03:37
3.Kal Zathynn 06:01
4.Not Bliss 02:15
6.Rites of Passage 06:22
7.Irja p. 2 02:11
Imagine a future where humans are gone from the face of the earth, and the machines left behind tell each other stories in synthesizer voices and distorted chirps. Onomi’s new release, Irja, could be an approximation of what this unknown future would sound like.
The record itself is a collection of electronic pieces composed and recorded over the course of five years. Its seven tracks are as beautiful as they are unsettling, as melodic as they are washed out. Here, Onomi has mixed elements of classical counterpoint and electro-acoustic composition with rough electronic soundscapes, sometimes reminiscent of videogame music. Several tracks were originally composed for short films, and Irja is indeed Onomi’s most cinematic release to date.
Onomi offers the following description of Irja: a sexless, artificial machine, like HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, unlike HAL, Irja is not antagonistic, but a friendly machine that wishes everybody well.
For those brave enough to venture into this strange but friendly future, Onomi’s new album is out now in physical form as a Limited 12” 180g Red Vinyl version and in digital format on Bandcamp!creditsreleased September 7, 2019