Sunless Glare
O Yuki Conjugate - Sunless Glare

In spite of sounding, in both name and output, like the work of a Japanese eccentric working from a high-rise apartment overlooking Shibuya, O Yuki Conjugate actually hail from the somewhat less exotic local of 1980s Nottingham and are a collective of ambient musicians who have been sporadically producing music to dissapointingly little aclaim for two decades.

There is something vast and ominous about much of their work, sounding snippets of dreams and half-forgotten glimpses of futures that never came to pass. The ambient textures rarely shy so far away from rhythym to lose their shape yet at times dissolve into quite alien musical landscapes.

The image above is one of a series of more abstract, conceptual shots I have been working on recently that are trying to reference the vulnerability of light and the density of darkness… In a good way!

This shot in particular reminded me for some reason of 2001: A Space Oddesey, which is what put me in mind of Sunless Glare as it seems, to me, reminiscent of the imagery produced by Kubrick in 2001.

Listening to the song (piece?) is like watching a new dawn breaking in an electric future, where the sun is plugged in and emits only dark light and ultraviolence.

It is drawn from O Yuki’s 2006 ‘comeback’ album, The Euphoria Of Disobedience, which was the first one of theirs I discovered (embarrassingly I only picked it up because the limited edition release featured a very cool glass and cardboard sleeve, which is far and away the best CD case I own!).

Unfortunately the glass case CD version of The Euphoria Of Disobedience is out if production but as ever you can still get the digital version from O Yuki Conjugate - The Euphoria of Disobedience

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