Darkenin Heart

Through the qualitative project Revolution Above Disorder, Stephen Nicholas White rediscovers a previous work that has stayed undiscovered. Annihilator gets a fresh chance at life for the artist's solo endeavor, and it's a lively post punk tune.

White explains: "Annihilator was originally conceived of as an uptempo post-punk song a number of years back when writing the second House of Dolls record, which ultimately never saw the light of day. Rediscovered in a treasure trove of demos back in 2020 as I was conceptualizing Revolution Above Disorder, Annihilator soon metamorphosed into a whole different beast."

The song is another collaboration with Jason Corbett (ACTORS) who produced it at Jacknife Sound, and it was mastered by Mark Gardener at OX4 Sound in Oxford.

Stephen comments on the inspiration behind the track, and the creative process: "At the time I was heavily into rediscovering the sounds of first wave trip-hop and nineties UK big beat… and as ever, the ubiquitous spectre of krautrock loomed heavily at the forefront of my mind. These influences wormed their way into Annihilator as we focused on the building of subtle layers to create a rising tension over the course of the track. The song was built over top of a sci-fi synth bassline, underpinned at its core by acoustic guitar. ACTORS’ drummer Adam Fink responded to the call and nailed the drum track. Mat Durie was summoned in to add some bowed-guitar, lending the track the droned-out atmospherics that it was crying out for."

Art & photograph by Stephen Nicholas White

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