Back in 2008 when Cultures of Soul Records was just a twinkle in our eyes, Deano Sounds befriended an interesting cat named M. Wylde. A few years earlier the mysterious M. Wylde had created a project of music entitled Capsule. The music had an icy soulfulness to it that spoke of heartbreak and isolation, the sound of which was like nothing we’d heard. After losing touch for 7 years we finally tracked him down and hatched our plan to release this music to the world. The first music being released from the material is the single “Bring Me Down” with remixes by Tuff City Kids and Isaac Galvez. Here are some words from the artist myself on the context of when the music was created.
This music was recorded a long time ago – in a different era, a time when George W. Bush led America, when mass shootings such as Virginia Tech were shocking and rare, when Obama was just a hopeful glimmer on the horizon and when, for me, I was lost. This album was pure escapism. Not the cheery escapism of Rupert Holmes’ “Escape,” maybe, but escapism none the less. It’s an album about a single man in space. Alone, floating above the blue pin prick of earth. No hope for connection, but also, nothing to fear.
Obama has come, and, now, nearly gone. Progress has been made. Yet, escapism is as necessary now as it was when this album was recorded, and as it will ever be. I hope that this naive music may be in a way some sort of safe place for anyone who listens to it. A place to be alone, a place to block out the fears of modern life.
This album was recorded, performed, and mixed entirely alone by an amateur musician. Every instrument, every vocal harmony, every accident and blemish the authors own. The mix may have benefitted from the ear of a real professional – likewise the music may have been improved by the collaboration of seasoned musicians. But perhaps it may have become less personal in the process.
I have to acknowledge influences on this music. The mournful swirl of Arthur Verocai, the pulsing rhythms of Giorgio Moroder, the soulful chords of Roy Ayers, and mostly, the influence of another isolated space man – Sly Stone.
I hope this music, released a decade after its creation, will resonate with people. This is lonely music. I hope it can be a friend to the lonely.