Visible Darkness is a cyber-fairytale of our ephemeral, delicate bodies in a city of glass and steel, and a celebration of the magnificent transformative feminine. Misha Penton's Radiant Poison: a new music video EP - a blend of futuristic opera, avant-spoken word and chamber electronica—set in a dreamworld of city and ocean-scapes where poetry comes alive in the movement of language through the voice and body.
A thunderhead churns in slow-motion, its high clouds billow white against a darkening blue expanse. Bats chirp a chorus under a bayou bridge and a falcon circles a slow descent. Thousands of grackles gather on powerlines to watch the end of day: the last rays of sun move across the city as it rises from the desert plain.
Her abdomen hovers above the sparkle of twisted skyscrapers and her thin, long legs easily navigate between metallic buildings: one furry claw here on the pavement (barely missing a sidewalk crack), and one claw there, next to a man asleep on a bench (he doesn’t wake).
Now, beyond the buildings, she rests at the edge of a concrete-lined waterway. Between her two front legs she holds the remnants of a shattered porcelain bowl. Its glaze is a galaxy swirl of greens and blues – tiny bird silhouettes lift from its fractured surface and merge into the surrounding darkness.
She gathers the shards and makes her way to a deserted avenue. She ascends a slick glass tower. A shimmer of silk spools out from her spinnerets and wafts high on the breeze, sticking to the steel building across the street. One glimmering thread at a time, she crafts a magnificent web. At last, she settles in its centre and starts to work on the shattered bowl: with silk and gold, she adheres each broken piece to its match, and makes what was once broken, whole.
from Radiant Poison,
released February 18, 2022
Misha Penton: composer, soprano, words, films, producer
with original contributions from George Heathco, guitar and Chris Becker, beats. Music mastered by Todd Hulslander at Houston Public Media.
Misha Penton is a singer, composer, and filmmaker. Her music is a blend of futuristic art song, sound poetry, and chamber
electronica—you will hear the rise and fall of her many layered voices, and the swirling guitars and electronic sound worlds created her Misha and her collaborators....more