CNJR
WSTLND

 

DATA


Label
Future Archive Recordings
Format
CD/Digital
Release Date
June 7, 2019
Territory
EU

TRACKLISTING


1. INT
2. HRS
3. PPS
4. ISV
5. GRN
6. FVR
7. MSI
8. MSS
9. GLS
10. NST
11. SNC
12. PNK

ABOUT THE RELEASE


WSTLND is the debut LP from CNJR, coming June 7, 2019. Exploring the struggle to survive the human experience, the complexities of mental health and depression, and the alienation of being queer. WSTLND is a heavily emotive experience. CNJR combines complex electronic sounds, retro synthesizers, recorded instrumentation, and occasional vocals to uniquely create a dark electro/analog tapestry that draws listeners into an introspective experience.

Fusing retro synthesizers, dark cinematic science fiction themes, post-rock, electronic music, IDM, synthwave, darkwave, downtempo, instrumental hip-hop, indie electronic, witch house, and various other influences, CNJR covers a vast emotional spectrum with music that is meant to inspire a journey.

When setting out to write the music for ‘WSTLND’ I was in the midst of a lot of emotional turmoil. Struggling with mental health, with depression, with what was happening in the world around me. Continuing to struggle from feelings of alienation, feeling misunderstood, feeling different. Struggling with being queer and how to navigate the experience. I felt the angst of my teenage years returning but with a very different flavor, mixed with a far more critical and complex understanding of the world and of why I feel the way I do. I wanted the music to reflect where I am. To be an exploration of this darkness and of the pain and struggle and trauma that all of us endure to survive. I did not necessarily want it to be bleak, because in the experience of this darkness is something that unites us, something shared, and also partially makes us who are. It’s part of being alive, here, right now. Music and Art for me is always partially about escapism, but also about reflection. It’s probably why I love speculative fiction, love sci-fi, adventure stories, myths, and legends. There will always be an element of this sneaking through my music as I tend to be drawn towards sounds and arcs that feel like you are on a journey. Something epic, something bigger than our day to day lives. So as ‘WSTLND’ came together, it sort of naturally fused these two themes. Struggle and darkness, with a journey, a cinematic audio tapestry. The result, i suppose, is introspective dark cinematic electronic. If someone could coin a genre name for that i’d really appreciate it.” – CNJR

Founded in the rainy pacific northwest, CNJR is a nomadic project drawing from a wide range of music influences, life experiences, and living under the ever crumbling political reality of global capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and imperialism.

Fusing retro synthesizers, dark cinematic science fiction themes, post-rock, electronic music, IDM, synthwave, darkwave, downtempo, instrumental hip-hop, indie electronic, witch house, and various other influences, CNJR covers a vast emotional spectrum with music that is meant to inspire a journey.

Hive Mind’, the debut EP, was released on October 19 2018 on Future Archive Recordings, and was preceded by a single titled Ansible, which includes two remix versions from Sun Glitters and Yppah. Psychadelic, dark, ominous, but with a touch of hope and the complexity of survival, ‘Hive Mind’ strings listeners along through a nuanced range of emotional palettes.