Apparat – “Arcadia”

This may be an older track compared to some of our recent subjects, but I felt compelled to share it nonetheless. There are certain pieces that explore sounds and their composition in ways that seem new even 7 years later, pieces that anchor themselves in one’s soul and persist, indifferent to the current. “Arcadia” is such a track. On the surface, it is beautiful. It makes one feel beauty by inducing longing, uncertainty, recognition, and surrender. Now, there are many songs that manage to induce this feeling, but what sets “Arcadia” apart for me is the way it does this. It shifts. Not in form, but in composition. Listening to this song I am reminded of Alan Watts, who once described reality, the Universe-in-constant-motion, as a knot traveling along a rope comprised of differently colored segments. The knot is constantly changing, but it’s still a knot. “Arcadia” is the knot, its instrumentation the rope, and we are the observers, experiencing infinity.

Apparat has an extensive discography and highly I recommend setting aside some time, as each album is a work deserving of thoughtful engagement.

You can listen to more of Apparat’s work here.

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