Human Pitch is proud to welcome Seoul-based duo Salamanda to the label for the release of their third LP ashbalkum – a portal into unseen worlds, enchanting stasis, & laughter in the face of our evolving realities. Across an effervescent 39 minute runtime, ashbalkum provides a spellbinding view into how we interact with the world around us – one where one’s own being, language, & nature itself are all rendered infinitely mutable.
Written during the surrealist landscape of summer 2021 somewhere between a sweet dream & a beautiful nightmare, ashbalkum accesses a playful tranquility that mirrors our tumultuous present – distantly intimate, static & constantly changing, moving while standing still, all the while narrowly evading the pressures of our pre-apocalyptic world looming just overhead. Through their collaborative energy steeped in joy, friendship, & experimentation, Salamanda transports us towards even further surreality – taking their sound to wholly new frontiers while aiming to just have fun creating together & living presently.
ashbalkum’s namesake stems from symbolic & phonetic reinterpretation – specifically, a Korean phrase for the realization that what you’ve been experiencing as “reality” is actually a dream. The transmutation of this humorous existentialism into new meaning forms the core of ashbalkum – blissfully maneuvering through life, basking in irreverent states of lucidity, & attuning all frequencies to fellow dreamers within the dream.
Do dreams always reflect what we think? Is what we feel within dreams real?
Ultimately, Salamanda don’t seek to answer these questions, so much as revel in the delightful liminality of it all.
Catalogue Number: HP020