On the third Lucy album, Self Mythology, Mortellaro's personal spiritualism is paramount. For over a year he's been hosting monthly sound bath meditations at a yoga studio in Berlin, and his idea of healing sound is as palpable as the more apparent themes of folklore and mysticism. Tracks like "Dissonance Emancipation" and "Vibrations Of A Circular Membrane," featuring the improvised vocal drones of Jon Jacobs, conspire to sync body and mind like Mortellaro's sound bath sessions. Their new age ideas provide contrast to the old-world ethnomusicology at play elsewhere, such as on "A Millennia Old Adversary."
The Bansuri flute in "Samsara" spirits us away to North Asia, to some hallowed mountain top on a chilly early morn. The mood is serene but is soon soured by atonal chords that creep into frame and pollute the dreamscape. More midnight terrors occur in "She-Wolf Night Mourning," which suggests doom and misfortune under a lovely, star-studded sky, and "Canticle Of Creatures" finishes Self Mythology's trip with a vaguely familiar IDM-style electronica. To fully reap the record's benefits, empty your mind and let Mortellaro's transportive sound do its work.
Fri / 27 May 2016
01. Baba Yaga's Hut
02. Dissonance Emancipation
03. Vibrations Of A Circular Membrane
04. A Selfless Act
05. Meetings With Remarkable Entities
06. A Millennia Old Adversary
07. She-Wolf Night Mourning
09. Canticle Of Creatures