The latest from Ian Urbina’s Outlaw Ocean Project, Urbina has recruited Antarctic Wastelands to contribute to the latest in Urbana’s sprawling project melding of journalism, storytelling and experimental music. We wrote about Urbina’s project here. But what makes Urbina’s project so interesting is that for all projects inspired by the ocean, Urbina’s reporting, “touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics. While reporting for more than 5 years at sea, Urbina built an audio library of field recordings. It featured a diversity of textured and rhythmic sounds like machine-gun fire off the coast of Somalia and chanting captive deckhands on the South China Sea”.
The drones and icy tones of Antarctic Wasteland add to this story by explaining the following, “A major emotional thread weaving throughout the EP is the juxtaposition and tension between hope and hopelessness. This is conveyed partly through its spoken word, but also musically in many of the tracks. My goal here is to create a mini-story through the EP, with the first half exploring ‘invisible people’ on the high seas, and the subsequent tracks musically depicting the Antarctic chase, which really brings to life the ‘outlaw’ nature of the ocean. “