After his initial breakcore, dubstep, ambient and electro beginnings as Math Head and Campos Verdes, Ben created PASSIONS to evolve into much more personal, cold, atmospheric post-punk experiments that clearly remind us of Cabaret Voltaire and Joy Division. He had something to tell us about how he was feeling inside.
Inspired by the underground culture of 1920s’ Weimar Germany and cult films from the likes of Maya Deren’s ‘Meshes of the Afternoon’ and Kenneth Anger’s ‘Scorpio Rising’ he created a bunch of songs that seem to have been crafted in a factory, music to solder car parts to. Ben brought the angelic female voice of Giselle M. Reiber into the project for some songs, it was the perfect additional ingredient to create the soundscapes he pursued.
More than five years after its original conception, we at DWR thought of finally bringing you the PASSIONS cdr / digital EP turned into a full ten-track vinyl album. Ben was thrilled with the idea, but unfortunately he passed away unexpectedly on May 9th, 2015, only three days after providing us with the final sound material required for the album, leaving us alone in the process, forcing this to be a posthumous release. Ben’s family and friends immediately prompted us to go ahead with everything, so under these exceptional circumstances you can imagine how exceptional this project became for us also.
We thank Ben from the bottom of our hearts for leaving us this precious gift of his talented spirit. A gift that we present you in the form of a transparent, passion-red vinyl, housed in a heavy matt finish sleeve with reinterpreted artwork and black inner sleeve. An exclusive short run of 265 copies.
The digital download version with three additional, totally unreleased songs is available from our Bandcamp site here: Bandcamp/Dead Wax Records/Passions