Following his hallucinogenic dancefloor EPs Dust and Green Man for R&S, Alex Menzies returns with a new album under his Alex Smoke moniker, entitled Love Over Will. As with his 2011 release under the Wraetlic guise, Love Over Will sees Menzies create a palette of otherworldly strings, distortion, clicks and synths which act as a bed for his voice.
"The human voice is the ultimate transducer of emotion," he explains. "I feel it, I sing it, the listener hears it, the listener feels it. Even the slightest vocal can carry a heavy emotional current. Adding words is creating another layer of meaning again, sometimes altering, sometimes reinforcing the intrinsic feeling of the music."
The title, Love Over Will, is a play on "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will," the central tenet of Thelema, created by famed occultist and ceremonial magician, Aleister Crowley, with the central thread of the album being "a statement on the times we are living in, but with an optimism relating to ways forward that are possible.” Menzies' work has also been informed by his ongoing installation work with artist Florence To, primarily on the links between sound and spirituality.
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