Free spirit Molécule’s latest meta-sonic adventure led him north to Greenland. Upon his return, he produced a concept album — -22.7°C — named after the lowest temperature recorded during his trip to the confines of the Arctic Circle.
In keeping with his previous sonic project, 60°43’ North, a five-week odyssey aboard a trawler in the heart of the North Atlantic Ocean, -22.7°C springs from the same creative dogma: getting out of your comfort zone, confronting an extraordinary environment, capturing sounds and composing an album in situ without a single note being altered once the expedition is over. It took three days for Roman Delahaye to reach Tiniteqilaaq, an isolated Inuit settlement on the east coast of Greenland. He brought with him his electro-survival kit a home studio featuring keyboards, synthesizers, drum machines, and most importantly, highly sophisticated microphones with which to capture the sonic atmosphere of his new ecosystem. For thirty-six days Molécule roamed the sea ice and fjords, searching for sounds and — most importantly — impressions from a radically personal, human adventure. The Arctic with its stunning aurora borealis is a place of contrasts — blindingly white, abysmally silent. And yet, though its décor might appear pure and innocent, the northernmost part of the earth is in truth a highly hostile environment, in which simple survival is relentlessly demanding. Out of this voluntary exile emerged a taut and contemplative album. At once concrete and cosmic, Molécule’s techno was transcended by this voyage to the end of the earth, in a kind of mise en abyme of the quest for self-knowledge. With -22.7°C Molécule delivers the adventurous and immersive soundtrack to a re-connection with nature. -22.7°C is an audio sound album and transmedia project with an accompanying book of photographs and letters, a documentary film, and a virtual reality experience.