Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith - The Peyote Dance Vinyl LP
Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith The Peyote Dance Vinyl LP
The sound of walking in a Mexican canyon transforms into the distinct beat of the heart, distant chants, sticks, stones, and the whistle of blowing wind: The Peyote Dance, a new album by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith, produced in collaboration with Leonardo Heiblum and Nicolas Becker, is a soundtrack of elements that invites us to explore a sacred space. The album takes as its starting point Antonin Artaud's book The Peyote Dance, a work inspired by his revelatory experiences with the Rarámuri in 1936.
It is the first in a triptych of albums to be released by Bella Union titled The Perfect Vision, which take their inspiration from the writings of three emblematic French poets: Antonin Artaud, Arthur Rimbaud and René Daumal, and their necessity to travel to different lands to acquire a new vision and perspective on themselves and artworks.
The Peyote Dance focuses on a brief part of Artaud's time, who traveled to Mexico City in early 1936 to deliver a series of lectures at the University of Mexico on topics including Surrealism, Marxism and theatre. In the summer, he traveled by train towards the Chihuahua region, and saddled by horse to the Tarahumara mountains with the help of a mestizo guide – which the album's opening track, recited by Gael Garcia Bernal, evokes. Artaud was drawn to the story of the Rarámuri: Native Indian people who live in the Norogachi region of Mexico's Copper Canyon, the Sierra Tarahumara.
One of Artaud's goals was to find a peyote shaman who could heal him; allowing him to recover from an opioid addiction. During his stay, encountering the Rarámuri Indians and peyote shamans of Tarahumara, and engaging in ceremonies, Artaud had a transcendental experience which resulted in the book The Peyote Dance. For the eponymous album, Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith revisited writings from the book, and others texts written after Artaud's return to France, where he remained in a mental asylum in Rodez undergoing electric shock therapy. During this dark period, the encounter with the Rarámuri stayed with him as his last significant, happy experience. The penultimate track on the album is a poem written by Smith in homage to Artaud's last hours in Ivry.
Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith The Peyote Dance Track Listing:
1. Una Nota Sobre El Peyote feat. Gael García Bernal
2. Indian Culture
3. Tutuguri: The Rite Of The Black Sun
4. Tutuguri: The Rite Of Black Night
5. The New Revelations Of Being
6. Alienation And Black Magic
8. Basalówala Aminá Ralámuli Paísila
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