Spacemoth – the project of Bay Area-based and Afghan-American artist, producer, engineer, and musician Maryam Qudus – will release her debut album No Past No Future later this month on July 22nd via Sadie Dupuis’ label Wax Nine via Carpark Records. Qudus, who has made a name for herself collaborating with the likes of Toro y Moi, Tune-Yards, Sasami, Sad13, and more, has already shared the incredible tracks “Pipe and Pistol,” “This Shit” and “Waves Come Crashing” off of the forthcoming album, and today she shares another single. Out now is “Round In Loops,” alongside a video co-directed by Maryam with her brother Dean Qudus that is an homage to the classic Maxell “Hi Fidelity’ ad from 1983. “I often start a song by creating tape loops and layering different sounds together to create a bed of abstraction to build upon,” Qudus explains. “In ‘Round In Loops,’ I wanted to connect the loops in the song with the cyclical patterns we endure both in our minds and in our lives.”
Rich in intergalactic, avant-pop, No Past No Future serves as a reckoning point between nostalgia and nihilism; it explores the struggle to hang on to a moment as it warps in time. The bulk of performance and production comes from Qudus herself, who favors vintage synths like the Yamaha CS-50 and Korg Polysix alongside fluttering tape manipulations; creating cosmic, lush soundbeds, drawing comparisons to beloved projects like Broadcast and Stereolab. Every track flows with Qudus’ low timbered vocals, in harmony with the watery, glowing synthesizers that anchor the album. The result is an album radiating in astonishment at the emotional landscape humans contain within ourselves, and in wonder at the preciousness of our time on earth.
Photo Courtesy: Pooneh Ghana