Mother Moon is the second planetary concept piece by Berlin-based Australian artist Kris Vango —an audio/visual exploration of sonic textures that embody the mythology and symbolism of the feminine moon body; the mother, water, the womb, fertility, nurturing and the divine feminine. Following on from Ard (Released January via Golden Ratio Frequencies), an album focused around the earth’s sonic resonances, Mother Moon is Kris Vango’s newest addition to the documentation of the planetary bodies in our solar system as concept pieces.
Mother Moon was conceived over a year and was constructed in the depths of a Berlin winter, where the album was envisioned as a nurturing space for uncomfortable emotions—a womb-like state or cocoon. This is something that Kris feels is lacking in our current social structure, where our emotions remain suppressed and expressed behind closed doors.
“It is our raw emotions that expose our naked humanity and destroy the facades of our egos—our masculine social structure denies this in the impatient pursuit of intellect, factuality, order and growth. This darkness and disorder we all fear and hide is the very darkness our moon illuminates, it is our light in the dark, nurturing us through our own depths of emotion, trauma and confusion.”
Through-out Mother Moon, genre and sound is used as a tool to shape emotional soundscapes—drifting between subtle ambiences and dynamic contemporary electronica, never attaching to one consistent expression, remaining fluid as the 12 pieces morph into unique visceral sonic landscapes. Mother Moon’s sonic textures ebb and flow like water; serene and calm one minute and tumultuous the next. Kris’ processed vocals and synth work blending into a river of sound and rarely going against the flow, encouraging surrender.
The album is accompanied by visual collaborations with Berlin queer artists and an audiovisual show, in which Kris will perform in their feminine moon persona, to debut at the end of summer.
Originally from Australia , Kris Vango is a working visual artist musician and producer (Lyra Pramuk, Mikey Woodbridge), expressing through various mediums. They have always had a deep obsession with the mythologies, astrologies, alchemies and spiritualities of the past and present that explore the great question of human consciousness. Bringing modern science and
these mythologies together, Kris’ manifesto is to map and document our solar system through narrative sound, dedicating an album to each planetary body. It is Kris’s intention to tell the mythological stories of all our planetary family through music and various artistic mediums, centring around symbolism, mythology and ancient healing techniques.
Mother Moon is out August 30 via Berlin-based queer and inclusive record label and artist collective NVMPHS.
Kris Vango – Mother Moon
Release Date: August 30, 2019
1 MOTHER MOON
2 FIRST STEP
4 NATSILANE AND THE ORCA
6 A WARRIOR AND A WITCH
8 CREATING & DESTROYING
9 DIVE INTO YOUR INNER
10 BLOOD MOON
11 INTO UNKNOWN
Preorder Album here