When I was young, I was passionate about the Universe. Don’t you find it fascinating that above us planets, stars and dark holes are floating and that we are only mere microscopic parasites inhabiting something that is maybe only the size of a ping pong ball compared to the infinite immensity? Of course, I was very curious about what composes the Universe, the matter, dark matter and antimatter. All these terms worthy of a sci-fi movie fascinated me. Today, I am a journalist, and I have the possibility of knowing more about dark matter. Apparently, CYTO, a band from Germany, organise travels with their EP, Dark Matter. Thus I decide to contact Arc Morten et Christoph Schauer.
The day of our rendezvous, I’m a bit worried. I will be reduced to the size of a nanoparticle during my trip. Arc Morten warns me: “Beware of not getting lost, or you’ll finish as Ant-Man in the subatomic dimension.” He sets the beam and asks me if I am ready. I see Christoph inserts the record in the player. I think “This is the end,” and, in a flash of light, I disappear.
When I open my eyes, I find myself to be in a dark place, I hardly see anything. Suddenly, I hear some muffled synths playing an oppressing rhythm. Reminiscent of Dave Gahan, the magnificent and poignant voice of Morten, charged with emotions, rises: it’s “You”, the first tune of the EP. When the guitars resonate, it’s the explosion: I start discovering all the beauty of Dark Matter. A cheerful electronic rhythm adds up to the melody. During the chorus, Morten reveals us all the beauty of his voice, and sings with passion. I navigate from emotion to emotion, as the very varied songs of the EP go by. Beginning with an energetic electronic rhythm, “Right Now” conserve this energy from the beginning to the end, both in the instruments and the voice. I let myself be wrapped up in this, then “Coldspell”, just begins to make my body freeze, with its sounds recalling some hammer strikes on a cold metal. Much sadder than the precedent one, this tune is characterised by a change of rhythm between the chorus and the verse, creating a rupture, strengthening the distress present in the lyrics. There is a change of temperature with “Fast Down”: it’s impossible not to dance to this song which represents like a drop of hope in this ocean of darkness. The EP cools down with “The Fray” and its space, relaxing and sad music, creating a strong contrast. At last, but not the least, “Again” begins softly but evolves progressively and gains power. It’s the perfect conclusion to the EP.
I open my eyes, still astonished by what I’ve just been living. I look at Arc Morten, who tells me: “Did you like the experience?” As I agree, he adds: “Are you ready to do this again in November with Antimatter?” I did not even hesitate.