Long awaited new material by one of Sweden’s most revered Dark Ambient acts. “Vita Arkivet” translates from Swedish as “The White Archive” and is an official document detailing ones funeral arrangements. In death our existence is whitewashed, the slate wiped clean. We start all over and we bring nothing with us were we go. We lose the agency of our own memory and leave it for those left behind to attend to, to continue our story, to write our eulogy. Vita is also the latin word for Life, so the meaning could also be “The Life Archive”. White is the colour of the casket lining, the plaster death masks and the walls of the chapel, it is the colour of the first and last pages. What is kept in between the covers of our life archives? This record is a personal reflection and manifestation of that process, the loss and the great detachment from life, from others, and from ourselves.
CD Edition of 500 copies in 4 panel Digipak. 5 tracks. Running Time 41:00
Special Edition LP limited to 100 copies on Clear & Black Splatter vinyl. 350grm cover with matt lamination and printed inner sleeve. 5 tracks. Running Time 41:00
Standard Edition LP limited to 200 copies on Black vinyl. 350grm cover with matt lamination and printed inner sleeve. 5 tracks. Running Time 41:00
* NOTE: Vinyl LPs have been delayed at pressing, we should be able to ship these by early November, thank you for your patience.
It's a well produced album. Every track sounds really good.
But unfortunately, some feel out of place for the concept aimed in the album, like the industrial track "Wind-Up Orchestra", or the repetitive, unimaginative "An Atrementous City" and "End of the Century". Totally out of place.
This and other electronic tracks feel like they belong in a more urban, futuristic scenario than a 19th Century "Den". Elías Ortega Fajardo