QUALIATIK – DISCARNATE
Released June 17 via @psychoid-devices.
Mother Tongue Music Video: bit.ly/mthtng-mv
Buy DISCARNATE: qualiatik.bandcamp.com
“DISCARNATE” is the debut EP from QUALIATIK, NYC-based producer, performer, multimedia artist, and engineer.
QUALIATIK’s work traverses the barriers between science, psychology, and metaphysics. Their feverishly introspective music envelopes the listener in a dynamic emotional world that pulls a thread from the subconscious and unravels the folds of all internal framework. The result is a dauntless breakdown of defenses, launching the listener into an irresistible state of self-confrontation and vulnerability.
Pulling from their background in neuroscience, QUALIATIK’s work is home to a distinct conversation between the concrete and the abstract, spinning silk only found in the ether of emotions through the structural dexterity of a deep desire to understand to the point of articulation. Their work embodies this dialogue, weaving a lucid and palpable tonal fabric from the abstract urges of the intuitive, empathic subconscious to frame a razor-sharp inquiry into the innermost depths of the psyche, much like elucidating the workings of the mind through science.
The analytical thirst of a scientist is evident in their meticulous sound design and composition, yet the abstrusity of the subject of QUALIATIK’s relentless search seeps through in all aspects of their musicality. Within the sound palette, there is a sense of arduous fighting—of throwing yourself with all of your might against the chains that bind versions of you that have been locked away by trauma, seeking a nearly maternal relationship with these essences to coax them out of hiding. Clearly representative of an organic, soul-unearthing process, QUALIATIK’s work uniquely walks the line between raw vulnerability and high production value—a controlled chaos of sorts that hints at how humans might retain the deepest parts of their humanity in the face of bio-technological evolution.
“DISCARNATE” was written over the course of two years, during a time in QUALIATIK’s life that was variegated with physical, psychological, and emotional agony, sacrifice, and vulnerability. The record explores how one might access the depths of their suffering with the utmost empathy to gain strength, power, and compassion. One’s “discarnate” is the abstract, noncorporeal entities in the psyche that have a life of their own—repressed trauma, sexuality, mental illness, gender identity, personality traits—the internal burdens that have a physical pulp which can grow to be gnarled and diseased, tendriiling out to the rest of the psyche if suppressed. The EP represents the process of acknowledging and nurturing these forces, engaging with their wisdom, understanding them as gentle, and having the courage to coalesce and move forward.
All songs written, produced, and engineered by QUALIATIK.
Cover art from music video for “Mother Tongue” photographed by Stivan Widick, featuring nails by Juan Alvear, hair and facial prosthetics by Griffin Hall, makeup by Toshi Salvino, and set design by Kit Sheridan, based on QUALIATIK’s original concept, world, and character design.
released June 17, 2019