S[ILK]S is Andrea Young and Jennifer Thiessen. Their first collaboration is a radical remix of early 20th-century art songs passed through a kaleidoscope of echoes and shadows. A primary palette of voices and analogue electronics shades this dedication to the solitary. Reconstructed shards filter through themes of aloneness and communication (connection) through time and space.
For You, Alone shines a feminist light on remnants of patriarchal intellectualism which dominated music composition in the 20th century. While Webern and Schoenberg tore down the formal Hanging Gardens of their predecessors in favour of atonal freedoms, their work now represents oppressive obsolete systems which must in turn be deconstructed. Hyper-rational reversals and retrogrades are reinterpreted here through playful littering with popular forms of the day and aesthetic elements of the now. Nostalgia is brought into conversation through vintage technology, recognising the past in a way that allows us to pioneer into the future. In imagining a new musical garden, S[ILK]S takes inspiration from joyful collages, crazy quilts, emotional echos and psychic shadows.