In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Rapoon’s existence Dutch label Winter-Light is releasing a trio of new works entitled ‘Mercury Rising’. The trilogy is comprised of new studio albums, all with exclusive material. The albums bring a new feel to Rapoon creator Robin Storey’s work, that of a more off world spacious feel, jazzy in parts with a ceremonial thread running throughout. Each album is interlinked by this feel and theme, as the titles suggest, but with each one still having its own unique identity.
‘Offworld OP1 Equs’ is the second release in the trilogy.
Every 150 years the moons align and block out the light entirely from the small inhabited planet of Offworld OP1. Too cold even for the androids to survive they move en-masse to the farthest moon Celios and wait out the winter in the relative warmth.
The ice crystals in the nearby gas planets rings reflect the meager light of the far sun and throw rainbows down to the surface of Celios… a sign…
The androids have built their shelters in the shape of the six pointed star with a circular perimeter representing the outer rings of home system Saturn and the sun that moved.
Looking back along the aligned moons they diminish in intensity until Offworld is just a shadow, a memory. Waiting. It will take six months before the the first light shines again on Celios and another six before the androids will return. Celebrations await that return…. for now there is only the slow resignation of winter and a promise of its end.
The CD comes in a full colour 6-panel digipack. The album comprises of 7 new tracks, total running time 55:35. Limited edition of 300 copies.
1. Through Glass And Clouds (06:29)
2. A Sun Shines Into … (06:21)
3. We Beat Our Drums (06:57)
4. The Crystals Form Along The Edge (05:52)
5. The Procession Of Flowers (05:42)
6. A Sequence Of Lights, We Travel In Darkness (06:06)
7. An Aria And Whispers Bells Tolls On Moons (18:09)