Bergsonist – Solyaris
Limited to 300 copies.
Bergsonist is the moniker of Moroccon born and NYC based Selwa Abd. ’Solyaris’ follows the self-released ‘أ’ and a prolific slew of releases for labels such as Styles upon Styles, Borft, and Angoisse amongst others. For Selwa her uncompromising & otherworldly, hypno technoid creations aim to capture a given moment in time, contextualising her often direct, hugely affective, & unpolished approach to production.
Selwa describes ‘Solyaris’ as “an ode to the present broken education system that allowed me to sustain my dreams in NewYork”, explaining, “As an immigrant from Morrocco, I felt always fearful of the future, pressured to succeed at school. The only way I was able to channel all that anxiety was through music”.
There’s a undeniable physicality to Bergsonist’s work, and the idea of expunging anxiousness into her music is felt from the oft as ‘Solyaris’ strides into vision with it’s quickening roaring pulse and scrambled explorative electronic probes. This sense of anxiety eases as layers of rhythm build – heads begin to turn down and lush minimalist swathes eventually envelope bodies in calm unity, Anxiety diverted.
Bergsonist cuts a unique figure for electronic music in 2018 as someone explicitly exploring the relationship between head & body music. Although undeniably more than oft aimed at the dancefloor, Selwa’s work also holds an equal respect and understanding of the head & heart. From her politically loaded Track titles, to her ideologically aligned guise of ‘Bergsonist’, to most significantly – her music’s ability to elicit a spectrum of finely tuned emotional responses within the confines of each track.