RAVINE – Explorations into various human states of consciousness
The Incognito Traveller presents a profound exploration into the deepest crevices of the human subconscious on Ravine. Each song writhes and meanders into the listener in different ways and the album as a whole becomes an intense voyage, its paths converging where all inaccessible memories lie.
Ravine is a work conceptually founded on Milton Erickson’s “A Special Inquiry with Aldous Huxley into the Nature and Character of Various States of Consciousness” where author Aldous Huxley is guided into a deep hypnosis. In such state, he describes meeting with his own self at different ages and revisiting his own stages of growth and intellectual development. The Incognito Traveller translates into music the descent deep within, way beyond memories, into the purest definition of self.
The resulting work is characterized by a peculiar curiosity-provoking obscurity, permeated with glimmering instants of clarity. The production is designed to create, maintain, and heighten, a sense of incomplete understanding by bringing together aperture and space in the song structures with a balanced layering of melody, rhythm and field recordings. This altogether avoids the external claustrophobic feeling of a dark room by rather amplifying the striking openness that exists within the mind and therefore inviting the listener to explore those broad inner spaces.
Ravine works as a specific sequence of tracks that come together to form a full discourse, rather than being a collection of parts. There is a natural flow in the succession of songs that recalls the process of drowning into a hypnotic state; all song titles reference specific moments of Erickson and Huxley’s experience and guide the listener through this profound inner voyage.
A very conceptually specific album, Ravine broadens The Incognito Traveller’s view of the world by turning inwards to understand humanity from within and offer freedom for the mind.