Smpl Thngs

A collection of image and sound

Collectivo Futuro presents Smpl Thngs - Instants, the Berlin based collective of friends brings together various art forms to create unique projects.

Smpl Thngs is an exploration of real-life immediacy, through analog music and illustration while all the illustrations and sound recordings were done in just one take, a refreshing concept in this world of hyper-edited and recycled media.

The music on this release spans 30 minutes of ambient and spoken word, with meditative and introspective qualities. The more you listen the deeper you will go.

The sound is brought to you by Smpl Thngs: singer-songwriter Graciela Maria, spoken word artist Lukasz Polowczyk (aka RQM), multi-instrumentalist Simon Houghton (aka Sneaky). The accompanying image is the work of painter / illustrator Maki Shimizu.

We caught up with Lukasz for more depth on the thoughts behind the project:
"The underlying theme for the entire project is definitely unfiltered emotional honesty. We created everything with the sense of vulnerability that you feel when you open yourself up to during a deep conversation with someone that you truly confide in. Too much of our experience nowadays, as a culture, is mediated and edited to create the illusion of unfiltered immediacy. It really is only an illusion. Texting and posting things online can not replace the symphony of a real life exchange where the whole body with and all its senses is engaged, where we're communicating without the option to delete or rewrite anything. We're taking a risk. Music is very much like a conversation and I think a lot of the beauty of those dusty records from back in the day lies in the one take recordings, where you can hear all the missed cues and missed notes. Like social media posts, a lot of the music made today is too edited down and polished to be truthful. Life is not perfect like that. And what is technically perfect doesn't necessarily mean that it's beautiful. So, Smpl Thngs is a meditation on the beauty of the imperfection of life, of the human interaction, of art and music.

It's incredible how your perception of sound changes when you embrace ambient noise. For one, you realize how much of the natural sound environment in which you're normally immersed in, you block out without even realizing it. You also start hearing melodies and cohesive rhythmic patterns in what usually would've passed off as cacophony. Now I truly understand what a huge shift in our understanding of music was Cage and his contemporaries embracing noise in their compositions, way back in the 60s and 70s. Without that shift in thinking there would be no Sonic Youth, Public Enemy, Herbert, Breton, Yosi Horikawa etc. "