Between two stars is AQNB’s next release of new music and visual works compiled and curated by our London and Los Angeles-based team.
Following the success of the previous even my dreams don’t go outside compendium, we’re pleased to introduce an ongoing series of these downloadable packages, featuring work by artists in our international community. This first mini-compendium is one of four to be dropped quarterly—with four new tracks and two new original artwork contributions—and available for sale on our site, or free for our Patreon subscribers.
Between two stars takes its title from the mythological twins Castor & Pollux, inspired by the very chaotic Gemini season—which ran May 21 to June 21. Assigned guardians of sailors on troubled waters, these sons of Greek god Zeus became the brightest celestial bodies of the constellation named after one of the most controversial signs of the zodiac. The compilation’s curation responds loosely to the implied duality of its theme, exploring a liminal space that exists beyond binaries—a nebulous point between poles that escapes the limitations of language.
Coming at a historical moment where the effects of invisible communications have emerged with clear material consequences, musical contributions span a spectrum of analogue and digital approaches to deeply emotional listening. There’s the electroacoustic pop romanticism of Iku and melancholic intimacy of Oxhy, alongside the brooding vocal cut-ups of Tadleeh‘s ambience and the eerie electronic lullaby of Yikii. Visually, Roxman Gatt presents an allegorical digital tableau exploring the ancient and immovable in queer astrologies, while Curtly Thomas’ smallboydanger project’s fleeting performance snapshots are an example of “time’s relentless melt“.
Helin Şahin contributes the Between two stars cover art, interpreting the cosmic symbolism of balance and harmony in the mortal Pollux and the immortal Castor. More on the artist and her design soon.**