Traces of Björk in Montevideo†
Excerpts from the review of Erebus LP by cultural journalist Juan Andrés Ferreira for the 'Vida Cultural' section of Búsqueda Newspaper
—Uruguay, 24th August 2016
GIF on cover + stills and VFX of Thanatos videoclip by C03RA
Harvest is the solo audiovisual project of Iael Brener, Swiss-Uruguayan designer, digital artist and musician born in 1984. The project starts as an alternative medium to channel her creative impulses not related to the design world.
Harvest raises a new universe and musical style that she calls 'Electro doom pop'. The structure of the songs and vocal treatments correspond to the pop format, but with choruses that arrive in waves, wrapped in a dense and sometimes disturbing haze, characteristic of the doom and drone genres†. Dozens of layers of bits, glitches, sample chunks and synthesizer melodies give the electronic character.
Harvest’s first LP is called 'Erebus' and is comprised of 8 songs, based on the struggle with her inner demons, which appear personified as the primordial deities and conceptual spirits of Greek mythology.
The record represents a journey of redemption and self-awareness parting from the region of the underworld where the dead pass immediately after dying—Erebus—to the deepest part of hell—Tartarus—the abyss used as a dungeon of eternal torment for the wicked and prison for the Titans.
However, the theme of the record is not a gloating with darkness, affliction or death, but a way of integrating these entities and making peace with them; a way to search in primal fears the possibility of finding a teacher†.
The album booklet’s imagery is a mixture and a digital collage of stills from the single 'Thanatos' videoclip, co-directed by Harvest and C03RA, a series of textures, corrupted and databent jpeg files of random found images on the internet. As well as Harvest’s approach to music, the album art is a pastiche of various genres and aesthetics.
Harvest’s symbol is a stylized version of the Jumis cross. Jumis is the god of harvest, fertility and good fortune in the folklore of Lithuania, country where the grandmother who raised her was born.
For the live album presentation, a set of posters, an official website and merchandise items were created. We went with a minimalistic aesthetic to create impact on busy billboards and to accommodate to the digital world and screen printing techniques. The Jumis cross took a more important role in fluorescent colors against a more abstract glitched video still.