The Righteous Fists Of Harmony

by Daedelus

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In this release for Flying Lotus' up-and-coming label Brainfeeder,
Daedelus presents a soundtrack-of-sorts to the Boxer Rebellion. What,
you ask, could make such ancient history an inspiration for modern
electronics? Well, Daedelus has found a strange relevance to our
modern malady in these epic events of long ago...

After seventy years of China's opium-related subjugation by Queen
Victoria and her allies, a force of resistance fighters -- termed
"Boxers" by the British -- rose to the challenge in 1898. Calling
themselves "The Righteous Fists of Harmony," this secret society of
martial artists felt they held magical powers: they believed
themselves bulletproof, able to fly, and capable of raising the dead
(who would then fight alongside them). And so began the brief Boxer
Rebellion; three years later 100,000 Boxers had fallen, their magic
helpless against the cutting-edge machinery of war. The British
prevailed only to face ultimate defeat, as their empire rapidly
declined.

Daedelus endeavors to compose a requiem for the end -- of beliefs, of
lives, and of an era. This elegy for a bygone battle sheds light on
our own contemporary conundrum: will our faith in modernity be our
downfall? Are we blinded by this age of wonders, doomed to be
destroyed by our ingenious inventions? Although Daedelus' music has
always juxtaposed organic and electronic elements, they war as never
before on "Righteous Fists of Harmony," a portrait of a tumultuous era
that came crashing to a close.

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released January 1, 2010

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Daedelus Los Angeles, California

Alfred Darlington isn’t a paint-by-numbers musician. From how he looks (early Victorian Dandyism), to how he makes music, or how he expresses
himself and views the world, his is a very individual ‘bespoke’ outlook.

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