PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT SHOWCASE - JUNE 2019
Midwest friends, mark your calendars! PITP will be hosting an artist showcase on June 23 featuring, Steven Kemner (Hotel Neon), Wayne Robert Thomas, Isaac Helsen and Echoed Sycamore. It will be a wonderful, intimate evening of ambient and drone.
June 23, 6:00pm
3631 E Raymond St.
PITP is excited to announce that Isaac Helsen has been hired as our in-house content writer and will also be taking on artist promotions. You can reach out to Isaac for exclusive PITP features, album premieres, demos, and promotional inquiries at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac Helsen is a multi-disciplinary artist from Michigan, creating music, photography, paintings, and more. He studied Audio for Visual Media at Columbia College Chicago and has lived, worked, and created in various cities nationwide.
As a composer, Isaac seeks to consistently push his own boundaries, as well as the boundaries of his listeners. A brief involvement in Chicago's experimental music scene led to a significant shift in his technique, focusing on improvisation and embracing failure, while representing themes of nostalgia, loss, and mental illness, and taking inspiration from significant locations in his life.
Isaac has created original scores for dozens of short films and advertisements. His work has been featured by online ambient music curators and in several gallery spaces.
PITP is pleased to present ‘Remnants Vol. I' and 'Remnants Vol. II’ by Isaac Helsen. These arrangements have taken several forms over many years: A full-length album and a double album, before it was scrapped entirely; reborn as a four-part series of EPs, and scrapped again; finally, taking form as 'Remnants', an eight-part series to be released over the course of 2019 on Past Inside the Present.
The project is both an autobiographical examination of the artist’s struggles with mental health and an attempt to deconstruct the idea of an album, creating a new series of sounds by collecting broken pieces of varying styles and in scattered stages of completion.
The individual eight volumes will be released sporadically and unpredictably throughout the remainder of 2019, noting both the sporadic and unpredictable nature of these collections of sound as well as the processes in which they were conceived.
50% of all proceeds for the ‘Remnants’ series will be donated to Active Minds, a charity focused on opening the conversation about mental health through support services and education, aimed at students aged 14-25.
PITP is excited to announce a split LP on the horizon titled, ‘RÁS’ by Wayne Robert Thomas and Isaac Helsen. ‘RÁS’ is derived from a Faroese word, which roughly translates to “a strong current in a narrow passage which links two seas”, mirroring the outcome of Thomas’ & Helsen’s independent arrangements, cultivating a strong bond or link between their compositions. This will be limited to 200 units. Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri. Information regarding pre-order and official release date will be announced soon.
Wayne Robert Thomas:
'Cantus In Memoriam Mark David Hollis' is a very personal piece that mourns the loss of a very talented human being whose presence will be deeply missed in this world. He's had such a profound influence on me as well as many others and now I feel that his music carries any even greater weight than before when listening to it. This one is for Mark.
'A Grey Morning, Later Lovely Sunshine' was what Alexandra Fyodorovna described the day of July 16, 1918. Unbeknownst to her and the rest of the Russian royal family they were to be brutally murdered late into the night. I felt that this line described perfectly the month of February for me, a month that was full of loss and grief, as it had several overcast days and then sunlight would appear only for something tragic to happen.
Composed & recorded by Wayne Robert Thomas at the The Winter Dacha in Fairland, Indiana, February 26-27th of 2019. Arranged for electric guitar.
It is often only in hindsight that we are able to fully conceive the spaces we have traversed, notably in those metamorphic shifts of the mind. In looking back, our vision widens and clarifies; the darkness—once so intrusive and internal—is recast. Held against the light, its burden lifts and takes a different shape. The melancholy remains but is buoyed by a new hopefulness, a landscape unfolding, a bright contentment with what is and has been.
Guitar, piano, tape, and electronics composed and performed by Isaac Helsen. Strings composed and performed by Jeffrey Niemeier. Arranged by Jeffrey Niemeier and Isaac Helsen. Recorded, arranged, and mixed at La Chambre de Rêve by Isaac Helsen in January and February of 2019.