Inspired and named after the 1955 John Wyndham dystopian novel, this rather brash EP provides a gritty score for disorder, mutation and post-apocalyptic theology. Each character-based track illustrates fear in a world chaos, an existential quest for meaning backed by an urgency for escape. "The Chrysalids" was created via a modular synthesizers, effects pedals, drum machines, field recordings and analog reel to reel tape.
"Emerging out of period riddled with deep suspicion, the post war dividing line between the East and the West and the onset of the cold war brought with it an age of alienation, the point at which the founding plates of political theory and scientific discovery rubbed to forge a curious disharmonic alliance. For writers such as John Wyndham it provided a fertile hunting ground, imagined apocalyptic incidences and civilisation threatening scenarios that involved bacteria, super intelligences, plant life and telepathy. Based on Wyndham’s 1955 ‘the chrysalids’, downscope’s dark dread drilled soundtrack of the same name gives each of the novel’s leading characters a musical voice. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, ‘the chrysalids’ touches sharply on the themes of alienation, paranoia and segregation, a bleak foretelling of man’s fear of the different, anything not conforming to the supposed perfect gene model is banished to the wastelands of society with the story unfolding to tell the tale of a group of children who realise they have abilities that would be deemed by their elders as a blasphemy of nature. As said previously, Downscope gives each of the protagonists a musical tongue, the sounds are dark, distant and detached, etched with an eerie finality and groomed as pulsating hypno-grooving industrial drone tides which reference wise might be well viewed as a classic era Biosphere retooled by the Revenant Sea (as exemplified on ‘sophie’). These neural transmissions whirr to a locked grooved biometric / binary fingerprint that in truth veers ever so close to the subtronic sonic inner spaces once upon a time microscopically viewed by a youthful Pimmon, most chilling of all being the theme attached to the simmering ‘rosalind’ wherein the stilled dread of subterranic glitches and the overwhelming sense of isolation is tuned to its most effective though all said we here a more than a little taken by the playful mind vaporising churn of the disquieting dream machine drone of the parting ‘petra (storm mix)’."
- The Sunday Experience