|Photo credit: Todd Eckert|
Emerald Sea, the new album from New York-based audiovisual project Sound of Ceres, tells the story of how the universe comes to know itself. Written in three acts, it follows two deities who trail each other through the furthest reaches of experience. There is the Universe, all that exists, voiced by performance artist Marina Abramović. And there is Venus, transformer of matter and avatar of love, sung by the group’s lead vocalist Karen Hover (who goes by k). The first glimpse of the record “Arm of Golden Flame“ is online now and Emerald Sea is set for release June 17th via Joyful Noise Recordings.
About the collaboration with Marina Abramović, lead-member of Sound of Ceres, k shares “I believe that Marina’s collaboration with us was inevitable from the very beginning of our audio/visual project formation. While our fated union at our Brooklyn residency in 2017 might feel like chance to some, to me, it felt incredibly foundational. The album making with her felt like years of a slow friendship building up to the creation of art colliding from both the audio and visual art world.”
Marina, on the collaboration offered ““My attraction to Sound of Ceres comes from the fact that the music feels so galactic – from a very part of the universe. And they create an emotional impact on my soul.”
Sound of Ceres then went on to share the following on the first track: “Venus Caelestis, the morning star, embodiment of innocence and potential, journeys beneath the waves to be reborn as Venus Physica, a new vital force. The Universe, voiced by Marina Abramović, follows unseen, watching this part of herself as they transform.” Further on the video, they said “It’s very important that all aspects of the band’s art (musical, visual, design) come from within, that is why band member Jacob Graham directed this debut video, with set-design and props handmade by all 4 band members.”