"Last fall I had experienced my first termite swarm in a newly settled apartment. Once a year, the alates from the colony emerge from tiny cracks in the walls in search of new nesting grounds. Some find their way into furniture or neighboring homes, most lose their wings and their bodies wither away.
I later discovered how common it is for termite infestations to be left alone for year at a times in rental properties, resulting in enormous structural damage to the homes. I began to think about the way that it is similar to the slowly eroding home we are passing on to the future generations due to our inaction on climate change.
“The House That Ate Itself” is a reflection on navigating current emergencies, successes from our past, and hope for a better future.
released July 3, 2020
Written, recorded, and mixed by Ian Wellman
Field recordings made around Southern California, include Mexican free-tailed bat, hermit crabs, an air conditioner, crickets and other nightly critters, seagulls, termite, and a baby crow.
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space
supported by 17 fans who also own “The House That Ate Itself”
I thought I would never love one of Yann's releases as much as I do 'Relocation.Reconstruction'. Turns out I was wrong. This four piece work is sonically incredible - deep, moody, notably musical and full of tension and beauty. The atmospheres and sound design are exemplary and allow you to drift unhindered into a sonic world that's at once welcoming and beautiful as well as sometimes dark and a little more challenging. Just superb in every way. Remote_