‘Intermission’ is the first album ever released by Unsound, comprised of 15 commissioned tracks responding to the pandemic year through sound and music. Meditative, often powerful, affected by periods of anxiety and optimism, this multi-layered album is intended to be more than a compilation.
Featuring work by artists connected to Unsound Festival over the years, ‘Intermission’ includes music and field recordings by some of today’s most exciting electronic and experimental musicians, with a focus on both well known and emerging names. Although it can be experienced on its own, the album intersects with a book of essays, poetry and fiction to create a unique interdisciplinary work joining different opinions, narratives, art forms and genres. Together, the audio and texts comprise a kind of urgent atlas, one mapping innumerable paths through the strange new world in which we find ourselves.
Jana Winderen’s contribution to the compilation is ‘re_Surge’, a remix of her track ‘Surge’, recorded during lockdown for the Touch: Isolation series. The recording was made on 16 March 2020 at a spruce tree planted on the family farm in 1907 by Winderen’s great-grandfather.