It’s been a busy year for the consummate trio known as Soundwalk Collective; releasing a stunning LP dubbed, What We Leave Behind – Jean-Luc Godard Archives, with remixes by the talented Jan Jelinek, Ricardo Villalobos, and Petre Inpirescu. The album culminated in a dreamlike cliffhanger, with an utterly enthralling piece penned, Death Is The Enemy; setting the stage for their follow-up work, Death Must Die.

‘Death Must Die’ is based on Stephan Crasneanscki’s multiple visits to the sacred Indian city of Varanasi, originally known as Kashi and Banares. Sacred texts maintain that Varanasi isn’t even a city, but rather a lingam of celestial light, the subtle and cosmic form of Lord Shiva which manifested itself as a city for the sake of seekers of liberation. To bathe in the holy Ganga is to be purified of your sins. To die in Varanasi, is to attain liberation and to bring an end to the cycle of rebirth known as transmigration. 

Determined to capture the elusive reality of this ancient city, Stephan has day by day recorded and re-imagined his understanding of how to perceive the continuously moving stream of the holy Ganga; performing a simple form of sadhana, which request is to be very alert but also to allow your mind to be quiet, making it easier to slip into the streams, and into the current that both the city and the river are offering. 

‘Death Must Die’ begins before the rising of the sun and reproduces the cycle of a day in Varanasi, going down the river that is believed to be the divinity descended to this Earth in the form of water. She grants us happiness and salvation. The composition attempts to emulate the vibration of Kashi that encourages the kind of interiority that enables a person to get a better perspective on reality than one might have, while constantly being in the current of human life. A vibration dedicated to eliminating the distinction between human and non-human, between alive and dead, between light and dark. 

This release is set to come out sometime in November on vinyl (distributed by Honest Jon’s) and digital. A photograph shot by Stephan Crasneanscki from the great smashan – the great burning ghat of Manikarnika – of a man playing the flute, is printed with a Risograph and included as an insert. Also featured in it are complementary words extracted from the Nasadiya Sukta – also known as the Hymn of Creation, the 129th hymn of the 10th mandala of the Rigveda – that is the ancient Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns concerned with cosmology and the origin of the universe. 

releases November 27, 2018 on Marionette