“2: De bezwijkende deugd” is the second demo by Grey Aura, leading up to their (as of yet untitled) sophomore full-length album. Thematically, it deals with the second part of Ruben Wijlacker’s upcoming novel ‘De protodood in zwarte haren’. To read about the first chapter of the story, click here.
Grey Aura is a conceptual band from Utrecht, The Netherlands. The current line-up consists of Ruben Wijlacker, Tjebbe Broek and Bas van der Perk. Their aim is to create immersive music. The band incorporates various art forms, including painting, graphic design, literature, field recording, performance art and audio theatre.
The debut album, ‘Waerachtighe beschryvinghe van drie seylagien, ter wereld noyt soo vreemt ghehoort’, was released by Blood Music in 2016. It is a nearly one-and-a-half-hour long album that deals with Willem Barentsz’ third and final voyage to find a north-eastern passage to Asia in 1596. Although the album is firmly rooted in mid-nineties black metal, it is an exercise in subtle experimentation; ‘Waerachtighe beschryvinghe…’ contains elements of audio theatre and neoclassical composition. The album was created with a strong sense of historical accuracy and its foreword was written by German Polar researcher Nikolas Sellheim. ‘Waerachtighe beschryvinghe…’ was added to the permanent collection of the Dutch National Library in The Hague in 2016.
Grey Aura are now working on their (as of yet untitled) sophomore album. Conceptually, the album is based on ‘De protodood in zwarte haren’, a novel written by Ruben Wijlacker. The album deals with fictional early 20th century painter Pieter van der Laan, who becomes obsessed with suprematism; a Russian art movement, based on abstract, geometric forms. As the painter is gradually drawn into the world of abstraction, he begins to question the limits to the physical spaces around him; and ultimately life itself.
‘2: De bezwijkende deugd’ is out today on cassette by Tartarus Records from the Netherlands, together with a reissue of the bands’ first demo “1: Gelige, traumatische zielsverrukking”.