Tryst Arcane: The hypnotic soundscape conjures a sense of winding claustrophobic motion.

Tryst Arcane – Spiral Meandering

Tryst Arcane is a duo formed by Alexia (Memento Nostri) & Julian (Nomad Son). Their particular style of music, which they like to call minimal dark, is created with only 2 elements, namely voice, and keys. The ethereal feel of their music is unique in its own regard, as they don’t seem to appertain to any particular music genre.

The identity they created comprises Julian’s various atmospheric keyboard landscapes, some with church organ passages or classical piano, on top of which lays Alexia’s (aka MakabrAl) enchanting voice. Lyrics garner elements of mysticism mixed with realism pertinent to our existence. The track Spiral Meandering,

Says, «Spiral meandering will eventually form part of a future EP/Album release which will explore personal experiences and emotions in a space created for self-discovery, acceptance, and forgiveness. Through this space, we’ll invite the listener to explore their own experiences, both current and past, and perhaps, help open up to a psychological-healing journey».

«One of the themes of the release is within Spiral Meandering’s words. As the title of the single suggests, it is about the spirals of our internal struggles as they circle deeper into darkness. It talks about the emotional and mental disorientation from being obliged to adhere to a world where most of us keep running towards insignificant aims while still being unsatisfied with life».

«The song has at its core the individual in relation to society and vice versa – The feeling of being estranged from a corrupt world vis a vis the constant desire for abstract values. We’re constantly bombarded by media and advertisements of false needs which only encourage us to adhere and shape ourselves into a fitting part of the consumer culture. Modern society has become accustomed to a distorted, filtered, and delusional reality. Most of us, at our very core, know that this rat race is designed to obliterate who we really are – our existence both as an individual and as humanity. Yet we succumb. We’ve become narcissistic, easily corruptible, and malleable targets for society’s puppeteers.

About the music composition of Spiral Meandering:

«Spiral Meandering is not simply about a single release for us, rather it is about a long-term project which has allowed us to experiment on its various aspects for months, both on artistic and technical level. It was written in 2017, during the time that the debut Autumn was in its inception. We thought that the theme wouldn’t fit with the rest of the songs in Autmn, and so we decided to shelf it off for a while. Come the first lockdown in early 2020, this song was scooped out of our bag of sketches and after some sessions we came up with a sound concept and a music composition we feel it truly fits the lyrics’ theme».

«We were so eager to share it that we thought of speaking with a producer and releasing it as a single straight away. However, to relay the ideas to a music producer and get exactly what we envisioned, probably, wasn’t going to cut it. So Julian decided to take this opportunity to delve into the world of sound production and have a go at this process himself. We can proudly say that waiting was worth it and in fact Julian has actually surpassed our initial vision».

«I think many of us, as adults, find ourselves compelled to live at the crossroads of conformity and self-discovery. In fact, this set of lyrics were written during a time where conformity had taken over my life and I couldn’t see a way out. This, along with other different struggles, were heavily affecting both my physical health and mental well-being. The listless music composition, the use of a very limited range of notes and melody shifts, mirror the soulful expression of the lyrics».

«The hypnotic soundscape conjures a sense of winding claustrophobic motion alluding to the obsessive, repetitive thoughts and it also serves as a metaphorical allusion to the nauseating, deceitful chase of abstract values in the pursuit of happiness».


Om Ulf Backstrøm (7105 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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