In 1971, the USSR financed their most expensive experiment to date: the Kola Superdeep Borehole. The purpose of the Kola Project was to dig to Earth’s mantle purely to see the consequences. By the time the government was forced to end funding, the team had dug thirteen kilometers creating the
deepest hole anywhere on Earth-- even deeper than the Marianas Trench. The chasm was abandoned, and still sits in northeastern Russia today.
Like the Kola Borehole, unfinished projects leave quite a bit to the imagination. Incomplete icons are pathways that lead us to alternate histories. For us, this EP was a bit of an exercise in composing a suite of surrogate realities. Each icon we wrote about (be that a building, invention, expedition, composition, or experiment) was selected for its historical relevance to the 20th century. The album is not a lesson in history but a meditation on what small differences could have drastically changed the course of our future. Both the germination and death of these icons have become richly symbolic, and remind us of the starry-eyed aspirations, passion, and shortcomings of recent history.
Our alternate history consists of seven alternate realities to six precomplete icons:
*1915- Cecil Rhode’s Cape-to-Cairo railway (To Kairo),
*1942- Nikola Tesla’s extraterrestrial communication device (Breathe in the Static),
*1961- Buckminster Fuller’s dome for Manhattan (Pressure Dome),
*1971- The Kola Superdeep Borehole (Dig Down),
*1980- the Szkieletor Building that dominates the Krakow skyline (Skeleton Up).
*1992- Texas’ Superconducting Supercollider (Particle Run),
In essence, this EP isn’t finished. And it can never be finished. Those who don't learn history aren't forced to repeat it. Rather, their history becomes an incomplete pathway-- a precomplete history for our perpetually unfinished textbook.
We sincerely hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as we had making it.
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