Certain Creatures (born Oliver Chapoy) wrestles with the three marks of existence - impermanence, suffering and realization of the non-self - throughout Vipassana, his debut album on Styles Upon Oliverâs resume extends from the early 90âs when he was a pivotal player in Miamiâs hardcore scene by way of his band, Shai Hulud, before moving into post-rock territory (Saxon Shore) and electronic pop (Warm Ghost). Since departing from Warm Ghost, however, Oliver has focused on electronics in a solo environment: His first release as Certain Creatures dropped in 2013 as part of our Bangers & Ash 12â series, providing a menacing slap of dystopian techno w/ guest vocals from Stuart Argabright. His collaboration with Stuart led to the most prominent credit in Oliverâs production career: the opportunity to produce Black Rainâs first album of new material since 1996. Dark Pool (Blackest Ever Black), heralded as Black Rainâs comeback proper, provided the best scope of Oliverâs production and compositional talent to date. With Vipassana, Oliver offers a searing discourse on the harrowing beauty of acknowledging, confronting and transcending oneself. The arc of the album is personal, conveyed to great effect through the use of Oliverâs own voice in standouts, âColor Me Inâ and âNothing Changesâ, the former a deep trip through vocoded psychosis, the latter a noir pop odyssey akin to The Fragileâs finest moments. Paul Corley (Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker, Antony) lends his revered mixing acumen to Vipassana, casting shadows across haunting features from Bonnie Baxter (Shadow Box / Kill Alters) and Jon Philpot (Bear in Heaven) on âThe Suffering Seasâ and âIn Safety of Cold Light,â respectively. These collaborative efforts propel Vipassana to heights beyond the traditional techno album. Years of experiencing and participating in club culture have provided the groundwork for Vipassana, but itâs his compositional prowess that carries Certain Creaturesâ debut album beyond the horde.
The Suffering Seas (Feat. Shadowbox)
Je Est Un Autre
In Safety of Cold Light (Feat. Jon Philpot)
Colour Me in
An Allegory for the Dispassionate
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