Conceptually, our (as of yet untitled) sophomore full-length album is based on Ruben Wijlacker’s novel ‘De protodood in zwarte haren’: a story about a young painter who is engulfed by radical modernism and an unquenchable desire for abstraction.
The novel starts off in Jerez de La Frontera, Spain, in 1924. Spanish/Dutch painter Pedro flees towards the North after his family is brutally murdered by a loan shark. He joins a seemingly joyful French couple he meets on a train to Bobadilla and travels to Paris.
In Paris, Pedro speaks to various artists and becomes acquainted with modernism and abstract art. Pedro is very much intrigued by the radical views of the modernists, and reads many of their manifests with a tremendous fury. He is particularly obsessed with the Russian painter and art theorist Kazimir Malevich, whose painting ‘Black Square’ (1915) both fascinates and frightens him. To Pedro, ‘Black Square’ is a creative void; a portal to the unknown regions of the subconscious mind. Pedro delves into suprematist theory and starts to despise academic naturalism and figurative art.
Slowly, Pedro is consumed by the radical art and literature he surrounds himself with. The deterioration of his sanity is further aggravated when he meets Claire Sophie Petit, a Wallonian Poet, whom he calls Chauchat. Chauchat’s quiet, mysterious ways allow Pedro to form an image of immaterial perfection in his mind, where art and life intertwine and are gradually distorted by abstraction.
‘De protodood in zwarte haren’ is the result of years of research and immersion. It is a work of anxiety, disassociation and eroticism. Conceptually, the novel is inspired by works of Kazimir Malevich, Wasilly Kandinsky, Arthur Rimbaud, Gustave Flaubert and Georges Bataille.
‘De protodood in zwarte haren’ was added to the permanent collection of the National Library of the Netherlands in March 2019.
‘Er is een lijn, een waarheid, en de lezer moet en zal de uitgestoken hand aannemen om dieper de ondergrond in te gaan, hopend op verlossing of op zijn minst een antwoord. Een prachtige zoektocht door een prachtig schrijver.’