Andrew Haines – Hidden in the Night

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Andrew hails from the United Kingdom, and has recorded under the alias Midnight Circuitry. We are bringing you this fantastic artist’s first release under his given name.

Drones by the fleet descend on an uninhabitable planet, casting rays of shadow over an opaque cloud of debris and plumes of dust, still settling from a planetary catastrophe begun thousands of years ago.

Structures dot the surface with soaring spikes, abrupt slopes, and deep ravines. As the vessels descend towards the expanse, they begin to detect relics of construction, and what once must have been a vast, varied, and rich assortment of architectural engineering. A collapsed framework that once housed and supported a population in the billions.

The drones dig, bore, and settle several thousands meters below the surface of refuse. Creating passage ways resembling an ant nest, a subterranean gallery. Within the catacombs the the machines discover an advanced civilization that once dominated this planet.

Robots sift through ruins and waste, excavating, a lost civilizations surviving artifacts, collecting data, while looking for clues as to who these advanced animals were, how they lived, what they produced, and ultimately, what wiped them out.

A low-pitched bellow is detected deep within the surface. A hollow bio-rhythm driven by the planet itself. Pulses, shocks, pops, and grunts, vibrate through the cave system, like flames through an accelerant. The drone carved cavities act as an amplifier, freeing the squelches toward the surface. The lost civilization was fueled by this rhythm, an auditory apparition from the core of the planet, and ultimately its eternal soul.

Album Review

There’s been talk of robots. Andrew Haines once went by the moniker Midnight Circuitry, and we all nodded knowingly and looked at each other with confirmation in our eyes. Because despite the fact that Andrew Haines was now going by “Andrew Haines,” it was evident that “Andrew Haines” was simply an AI construct, a series of nodes and wires and microprocessors behind a human façade. And who’s even to say that’s the truth? There’s no picture of “Andrew Haines” on this new Jollies tape, Hidden in the Night, so there may not even be a body to go with the personality. And aren’t the initials “AH” awfully close to “AI”? I mean, they’re one letter off, and the one letter off is adjacent to the incriminating one! I’m thinking this is all lightly veiled code.

But why the secrecy, why the deception? Was Midnight Circuitry too obvious an identity? My guess is yes, and the change was made to “Andrew Haines” to human it up a little. But the second you press play on Hidden in the Night, the entire charade crumbles in a heap of wiring. See, “Haines” can’t help but ratchet his “mind” open and allow the cracked, post-techno innards to spill out. Restless futuristic polyrhythms collide with dark neon nocturnal moods, everything automated and syncopated and perfectly adjusted for maximum efficiency. Synthetic blurts of color and melody pixelate at the point of reception, the waveforms accurately conveying the information from one machine to the next. Is it weird that a human like me can get so invested in such a singular display of dazzling software manipulation?

Have we even proven that I’m a human myself?

This is yet another feather in Jollies’ ever-filling cap – I’m not even sure they’ve released something that hasn’t wrestled me to the ground and pinned me into deliriously enjoying it. That’s not to say I have to be held down and forced to listen to something – they don’t actually need to do that to get me on their side.
- Ryan Masteller
Tabs Out
November 25, 2020