It is not often that we receive a request for a memorial tribute, but when we do, it is always moving to observe the beautiful, lasting effects the deceased has on those left behind.
The Bipolar Disorder Project is Robert Cotoros, a solo music project from Brasov, Romania whose 2020 death left not only tears and heartache but an unreleased 7-track album, “Black.”
In honor of his birthday, tomorrow April 26, his dear friend Ilinca Ivanuca will honor his final wish by releasing the multi-genre fused album, titled “Black,” both on Bandcamp and YouTube.
A dramatic video created by Ilica herself for “Sumitomo Girl”, a song inspired metaphorically by Hiroshima’s infamous “Human Shadow Etched in Stone”, gives us a glimpse into the soon-to-be-released posthumous LP.
Deeply sentimental and soul-stirring passions roll out poignant asymmetric stabs laced with mellow melancholic piano melodies, soft crisp percussions, low tremoring bass lines, and distant icy synth swathes, to carry emotional layered vocal harmonies through soft breathless wistfulness and angsty falling cries, pausing briefly with twinkling introspection, before being swept away into a chaotic lovelorn tragedy of aggressive guitar riffs, buzzing reverbs, and bombastic drum beats.
The haunting romantic video, by Ilinca Ivanuca, stars Andreea Danu and Alex Grigoraș as a pair of star-crossed lovers. Sweeping, immersive camera work captures a ghostly encounter along an isolated river bank where surreal black-and-white contrasts and on-point acting take the viewer into the disturbed mind of a shattered soul to sync seamlessly with the obsessive love theme of the soundtrack.
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