Raul Antony talks to Dylan Ettinger about his latest project, Hasufel, and his transition from synthpop to black industrial. Also discussed is the intersection of pop and extreme electronic music, live performances, and raising funds for Dylan’s father’s hospitalization and recovery. Links in the show notes below the cut.
Forlorn is on the front end a seamless foreboding soundscape of pure darkness, something akin to the stone steps of the great pyramid, slick with moss and the congealing blood of those sacrificed. The album works with this theme of hellish violence, but it’s when we dig deeper we fine its real culprit: an astonishingly grim melancholy that touches the borders of desolation and self destruction. A tale of bottomless inverted annihilation told by a soul haunted by something unseen, like an untold cosmic horror reaching inward. It’s not the widescreen tales of Lovecraft, but the bitter struggle of Schopenhauer gone mythical, exploring wet caves dug out of charred earth, a rugged analysis of a broken mind. The soundscape touches on early Current 93 or Coil at their most dark and ambient, but its self inflicted wounds touch on something more folk-oriented, a mellow, if somber and atmospheric ethereal quality. Darkness abounds, a loner mentality moves to the forefront and consumes the listener, pulling them and all their hopes and dreams into this deepening realm of inner misanthropy, something focused acutely on the creator more than the outside world. Hell becomes real as it shuts the outside light off.
On the morning of February 18th, my father, John Ettinger was struck by a car while going for a run in Bloomington, Indiana. He was hit hard enough to be thrown into the middle of the street, where thankfully a police officer was nearby and able to call for paramedics. My mother, Deb, and my sister Marcella had gone out to pick up coffee and happened to pass by the scene of the accident on their way back, where they saw Dad injured in the middle of West 3rd Street. They immediately got out of the car to check on him and then followed him to the hospital in Bloomington.
Paramedics quickly realized that Dad was very seriously injured. He couldn’t move the left side of his body. The initial assessment when he reached the hospital showed that he had no major broken bones, but a CT scan showed that he had sustained a very serious brain injury