The Iranian collaborators present a cross-continent project inspired by a nightmare
“Formed in 2014, 9T Antiope’s name is borrowed from a double asteroid found within the main belt in our solar system,” writes Maha ElNabawi in The Wire 412. “Conceptually, the duo’s language is often driven by that of the cosmos, where destruction becomes an act of creation, as debris from a predicted galactic collision is expected to merge and subsequently form a new galaxy.”
Now based in Paris, Sara Bigdeli Shamloo and Nima Aghiani retain a strong connection to their home country of Iran. For their latest release the pair have collaborated with Tehran based composer Siavash Amini. Recorded in both cities, lyricist Shamloo says the four tracks are a result of “all the long hours of speaking online, being kilometres away, it is a love child of those short times we actually got to be physically in one place.”
Continuing with their sonic and lyrical themes of tension, chaos and decay, Shamloo says Harmistice is “based on a dream, a nightmare about war”.
Harmistice is released on 7 June via Hallow Ground