Free spirit Molécule’s latest meta-sonic adventure led him north to
Greenland. Upon his return, he produced a concept album — -22.7°C
— named after the lowest temperature recorded during his trip to
the confines of the Arctic Circle.
In keeping with his previous sonic project, 60°43’ North, a five-week
odyssey aboard a trawler in the heart of the North Atlantic Ocean,
-22.7°C springs from the same creative dogma: getting out of your
comfort zone, confronting an extraordinary environment, capturing
sounds and composing an album in situ without a single note being
altered once the expedition is over.
It took three days for Roman Delahaye to reach Tiniteqilaaq, an
isolated Inuit settlement on the east coast of Greenland. He brought
with him his electro-survival kit — a home studio featuring
keyboards, synthesizers, drum machines, and most importantly,
highly sophisticated microphones with which to capture the sonic
atmosphere of his new ecosystem. For thirty-six days Molécule
roamed the sea ice and fjords, searching for sounds and — most
importantly — impressions from a radically personal, human
The Arctic with its stunning aurora borealis is a place of contrasts —
blindingly white, abysmally silent. And yet, though its décor might
appear pure and innocent, the northernmost part of the earth is in
truth a highly hostile environment, in which simple survival is
Out of this voluntary exile emerged a taut and contemplative album.
At once concrete and cosmic, Molécule’s techno was transcended by
this voyage to the end of the earth, in a kind of mise en abyme of
the quest for self-knowledge. With -22.7°C Molécule delivers the
adventurous and immersive soundtrack to a re-connection with
-22.7°C is an audio sound album and transmedia project with an
accompanying book of photographs and letters, a documentary film,
and a virtual reality experience.