Vacuum EP, a collaboration between spoken word artist Justin Samgar of SpaceAgePoetry and producer Dan Bay, delivers an intriguing musical experience. Crossing paths with various subgenres of downtempo, the EP embarks on a journey of exploration. Dan Bay’s expertise in crafting organic sounds and captivating drums perfectly complements Justin Samgar’s poetic expressions on Vacuum.
Justin Samgar, the creative force behind SpaceAgePoetry, presents his spoken word performances in English, Dutch, and German, infusing the EP with linguistic diversity. The multilingual approach enhances the lyrical compositions, creating a rich and engaging tapestry of storytelling.
Within “Vacuum,” listeners will discover an array of themes, including friendship, desire, resistance against injustice, and freedom. SpaceAgePoetry adeptly encapsulates these concepts through thought-provoking verses, inviting introspection and connection.
The EP also benefits from collaborations with international artists such as Landhouse, RUI, Tlazohtla, and Wantee Teelapa, resulting in a truly global and multicultural soundscape.
RELEASED August 16, 2023
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VAN AMSTERDAM NAAR BERLIJN
During the lockdown, SpaceAgePoetry longed for parties where they could perform and dance, particularly in Berlin. However, the train journey to Berlin takes an incredibly long time. Six and a half hours are simply too long for a sustainable “party machen” experience. The lyrics are written during lockdown times in Amsterdam. This tune essentially chronicles SpaceAgePoetry’s cherished memories of that time and the love for the city of Berlin.
THE OTHER SIDE
The lyrics of the track ‘The Other Side’ depict the tale of an unwavering bond between two friends. On a rainy Sunday evening in Amsterdam, one of them undergoes a challenging experience with psilocybin, resulting in a strange situation of a loss of identity and reality. The other attempts to reassure his friend; however, the rhythm and timbre of his voice unintentionally intensify the trip, leading to the perception of ambiguous messages. Psychedelics can sometimes feel like a stormy upheaval in a vast sea, but ultimately, one just needs to navigate the trip or, in this case, stay afloat.
As long as there is injustice, resistance will persist. Revolution is an evolutionary process that oscillates from one side to another. It is the fervent heartbeat of societal metamorphosis, a dynamic dance of change where the dissonance of oppression meets the harmony of empowerment. This ceaseless ebb and flow shapes the contours of history, a testament to humanity’s unwavering pursuit of a more equitable and just world. The track ‘The Revolution’ conveys the influence of the wealthy on the rest of the world, and how our resistance eventually propels us toward the next stage of evolution. Sometimes, progress necessitates dismantling existing structures in order to foster growth.
For the remix of ‘Van Amsterdam naar Berlijn,’ we entered the studio with Rui. Not only did we receive the musical contributions of this maestro, but also the distinctive vocals of Kirsten Berkx and Micha Windgassen. These additions enhance the track, creating a more vibrant experience. The song embodies the ‘knaldrang’ SpaceAgePoetry felt during the lockdown, reflecting their longing for the party city of Berlin. As you listen to this remix, you’ll feel as though you’re on a train journey from Amsterdam to Berlin, surrounded by a lively group of party-loving people.