Sanctus Equinox: Mercury Rising 1

by Rapoon

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We welcome back Rapoon for this, his second release, on our Winter-Light label.

Many people will already be familiar with Robin Storey. Not just for his pioneering work as founder of the industrial group :zoviet*france: in 1979, but also of course for his solo-project Rapoon, which began life in 1992. Now, 25 years after the inception of his solo ambient project, Rapoon is still very much with us and still very much active.

In celebration of this, his 25th Silver Anniversary, we are releasing a triptych of new work from Rapoon entitled ‘The Mercury Rising Trilogy’. The Mercury Rising Trilogy will comprise of three brand new studio albums, all with exclusive material. The albums will bring a new feel to Robin’s work, that of a more off world spacious feel, jazzy in parts with a ceremonial thread running throughout. Each album interlinked by this feel and theme, as the titles suggest, but with each one still having it’s own unique identity.

Here we present to you the first part of the Mercury Rising Trilogy, ‘Sanctus Equinox’.

What if you had created a race of sentient beings and then simply abandoned them, having no further use left for them? What might become of them and what sort of world would these replicants create for themselves, if left to their own devices?

‘Sanctus Equinox’ is a portrayal of that world, a painted landscape of the secret rites and ceremonies practiced by it’s inhabitants. Celebrations and rituals created to overcome the sense of loss and abandonment, after being discarded by their creators, deemed to have no further worth. Scattered across the many moons in their new solar system, they gather en masse to worship under alien skies, bathed in the fractured light of moons and suns. Dressed in splendid costumes, they sing and dance along great winding, standing stone pathways; a procession of vibrant colours and chants moving hypnotically towards stone circles raised high to the heavens.

As the solar winds blow across now empty plains, time stands still as chants of ‘Sanctus Saves….’ echoes through the air.

Processed vocals, atmospheric pads, sub bass patterns, strings and old school sci-fi sounds all exquisitely layered to produce an album of intense beauty. The feel is one of ceremonial celebration and ritualistic joy. A ray of shining hope in the lives of a forgotten people.


released November 2, 2017

All tracks by Rapoon.
The album has been mastered by Robin Storey.
Cover concept and design by Midnight Sun Studio.

© Robin Storey 2017
© Winter-Light 2017


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Winter-Light is a record label and online store based in Haarlem, The Netherlands, specialising in ambient, experimental and drone soundscapes.

Our goal is to release new and interesting music within these genres without imposing limitations on the possibilities. Exploring new areas, pushing at boundaries, or working within current structures can always produce beautiful and interesting results.
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