On April 14th of 2014, the Austrian producer Dead Battery was struck by a car while out on his motorcycle. For three weeks after the incident, he lie motionless in a coma. After finally waking up, several months of rehabilitation were endured in a specialized hospital in his home country. Everything from relearning how to walk and to eat took place. During that time he also had access to a computer, with which he was able to produce an entire album of songs.
Chapter 1 – Dreaming Into The Void
Released several weeks ago was Chapter 1 of his Recovery EP, dubbed “Dreaming In The Void”. An intensely moving set of songs that tells his story better than words could communicate. He recounts this period of his recovery as pure unconsciousness. One does not know when one is asleep, and with a coma, it is the same way, but deeper. With sparse arrangements dominated by airy pads, warm keys and the occasional vocal, this chapter serves as the darkness that he withstood.
His music is every bit as deep as the back story to its creation. Every song will grab your heart and make you feel feelings. It’s dark and tragic, beautiful and enlightening, it’s everything you would imagine a recovery process would feel like.
Chapter 2 – Kindling Of The Flame
Being lost in reality is a frightening experience. After awakening from a coma, one is in a state of confusion. While in this stage, Dead Battery had to reconnect with reality in a way that can’t be imagined by most people. A more aggressive sound characterizes the second chapter, where vocals and drums become even more prominent.
“Something has happened, but what exactly was it?”
“Live Alone” starts off the chapter with a resounding shout. Dead Battery’s mind jolts with spasms of energy as he becomes conscious of his mental prison. The struggle is exemplified by exertive synths and heart pounding percussion. Things take a turn towards eerie when a final battle frontier is set by booming horn-like synths for the last third of this shorter piece.
Once one realizes they live alone, they then realize they “Die Alone.” Obscured vocals are weaved together, as though the mind is putting its thoughts back into order. Although it has a dreary sound, there’s a certain level of inspiration that radiates from this partner piece.
“Living Ghosts” picks up the pace and mood with poised synths and ethereal vocals. The song is divided between a soft, introspective soundscape, and a roaring march chorus section. With the soul beginning to come alive, this where Dead Battery turns things around to face a new ascension.
Kannibalen Records you never cease to amaze us.
Source: Kannibalen Records