Surrender

by Illusion of Safety

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Download features a bonus 23 minute "remix overview" piece set to video ( https://vimeo.com/87319213 ) by Dan Burke himself. There is also an excerpt from a live Illusion of Safety performance on WLUW's Delirious Insomniac Freeform Radio Show. In addition to that, "Surrender" was initially released with white letters on the cover, an edition of approximately 20 copies before being recalled and revised. There is a "demo version", so to speak, of the final track, "Access to Core", expanded upon by Dan Burke.

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes shrink-wrapped in a jewel case with full color art, on-disc color printing.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Surrender via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Limited Edition Pro Cassette
    Cassette + Digital Album

    Copies may still be available at RRRECORDS: rrrecords.com/mail_order-ek.php

    Professionally duplicated Cobalt tapes with silver imprints limited to 100 copies. J card is double sided 5 panel full color. Comes in a norelco case with a blue back.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Surrender via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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"Somewhere, an old T-shirt from Illusion Of Safety exists (the last we saw was affixed to Sigtryggur from Stillupsteypa some 10 years ago) with a deadpan/ironic catch-phrase "Illusion Of Safety gives you that soaring feeling" next to an image of a man tumbling headfirst out of a skyscraper window. Such a calculated juxtaposition of word and image was emblematic of the '80s art world (e.g. Barbara Kruger), often speaking to the underbelly of callousness, cruelty, violence and general amorality within consumerist society.

Outside of this bold piece of iconography, Illusion Of Safety has operated within a more liminal state of mysteriousness through signifier and meaning. Even in their most placid albums of soft-focus ambience, the specter of some unknowable threat lurks in the background.

More common in the Illusion Of Safety catalogue is an iron-fisted grasp of that sense of foreboding and dread through psychologically tense sound design. Over three decades in existence, this Chicago based project has been whittled down to its core member Dan Burke - with a few comrades-in-arms joining him occasionally - and is probably the longest running American industrial project, having produced a very impressive body of work.

The 2014 album Surrender fits comfortably next to some of the masterpieces of the IOS back catalogue (e.g. Cancer, In Session, Historical, etc.) through the trademarked juxtaposition of noxious frequencies snaking in and out of harmonic phase patterns only to snap out of existence with a razor-cut edit into an electrical burst of tesla coil noise (for example). Disjointed rhythms, mediated collages, decontextualized field recordings, and psychoacoustic phrases map this album with incredible control and precision. Illusion Of Safety proves once again that they are one of the greats of industrial culture. Grab this album before it disappears...." - Aquarius Records

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released November 30, 2015

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