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New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
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“X: The Human Condition” is an amazing album, part of multi-sensory experience, that may build on many of the stepping stones of the past, but is definitely an album and concept that treads towards the future and new possibilities in ways that many artists have not even started to consider.

How to describe the music? Ambient, brooding, sensual, consuming, and emotive. There is definitely a lot of post-punk influence, with percussion reminiscent of electronic new wave. The beats are very grounded, but the subtle keyboard arrangements are ethereal and enveloping. The vocals are soulful, heartfelt, and delivered with conviction. As Michael Nova sings, you can’t but help to fall into his voice's veritable qualities, making you feel his lyrics on a deeper level. But what I really like about each song is that the music is not arranged to favor the vocalist. Tienne (guitar and keyboards) and John Bollinger (percussion) are as intricate and important to each song. This New York trio is not two musicians supporting a singer, but rather three musicians interweaving a soundscape together.

The band uses the word “synesthesia” to describe the experience, and I could not agree more. Personally, I am obsessed with synesthesia, a condition where one sensory impression creates a response from another sense. For example, a synesthete may hear the “A” note and always see the color blue when the note is played. Another synesthete may touch sandpaper and taste peanut butter. This album will transport your senses, and the one song that stood out the most to me was “Like Violins.” This song, which takes you by complete surprise, is a study in kinesics, as you literally feel your body moving as you are listening, though you are sitting still. Another track to just get lost in is “A Human Flood” – laced with strings, compressed guitars, and affected vocals, the song emotes various, contradicting, emotions, while inducing a frustration of not knowing of whether to sit still or run. And it is rare for a song to have such an effect on a listener, but it is even rarer when a band can produce an album of songs that have such an effect on a listener. - slowdivemusic blog


"It is more than just an album it is an audio-visual assault on your senses....a brilliant work of art." - TheScene, AU - TheScene, AU


The DVD is awesome and fills one with a sense of yearning...wonderful exploration into relationships
and searching for a change...I was captivated."
-Pop Syndicate - Pop Syndicate


"X:THC have managed to melt various genres of music into a big music cauldron!"
-Lateral Noise - Lateral Noise


“This is a magical album…Seductive chill-out goodness that easily rivals the like work of Bjork, Switchblade Symphony and Massive Attack in terms of impact and diversity...X: THC are probably the kind of band that you’d enjoy so much you would want to keep them to yourself, only you won’t be able to, because you’re so damned excited about the music..."- SphereMag, UK

- SphereMag, UK


X: The Human Condition is an emotionally cataclysmic event that will resonate in your subconscious for weeks. In a world where live action accompanied by video stimulus is the new trend, Michael Nova's avant-garde production remains unparalleled.
- UnratedNYC Magazine


A groundbreaking work...Powerful live experience incorporating hypnosis, NLP, and trance induction in a way that has never been done before... - Doug O'Brien, Master Practitioner NLP, Master Trainer with Anthony Robbins, Hypnotherapist


"The realization of X: The Human Condition is absolutely remarkable...a fascinating experience"

- Side-Line Music Magazine


"Deeply and genuinely moving"

- Popdose


”This is electronica at its best and this is the type of laid back, emotional music that draws you in and keeps you listening...Beautifully executed & while the CD could certainly be enjoyed independently of the DVD, together they make a great package."

- BlogCritics


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"X: The Human Condition"
(Hypnotical Entertainment/Nova Music)
CD/DVD Release: March 2010

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"The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."- Charles DuBois

If you've ever had the experience of feeling
alone,
alienated
or "different"...

Hypnotical Entertainment
invites you to discover
the unique music and HD Video experience,
"X: The Human Condition"

A love story of a different kind...

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TRAILER AND EPK PREVIEWS NOW AVAILABLE AT
http://www.hypnoticalentertainment.com

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Synthesizing music, film, and an unforgettable live experience, this innovative indie band, X: THC is evolving and redefining how a live show is presented and experienced within the model of the
music industry.

X: THC combines chilled, shattered beats, soulful vibe, and edgy indie rock songwriting to create a lush, ambient soundscape. The songs conjure shades of post-punk, new wave, and electronica- yet they weave a seductive, hypnotic sound all their own.

The immersive, live concert performance is accompanied by X: THC"s original film, X: The Human Condition, whose wistful and mysterious imagery creates an utterly unique and uplifting experience. Citing Tim Burton, Michel Gondry, Jean Cocteau, and The Brothers Grimm as major influences, X: THC's visual companion to the performance is a surrealistic, psychological trip inside the human subconscious.

Post-performance, you will be invited to access hidden pages within the website, to uncover the mysteries and meanings on a deeper level ...

X: THC's music is currently in rotation on Continental Airlines' Ambient Groove Program, Aircalin's "Jetstream" program and in rotation on 102 college radio stations and counting...

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X: THC's Michael Nova is an existential explorer. A powerful performer, composer, filmmaker and producer, Michael is releasing his multimedia music and film project, X: The Human Condition after over a decade of, at times, seemingly insurmountable challenges, countered by an innate creative perseverance.

Michael worked for 12 years, with the help of hundreds of actors, musicians and crew, who volunteered or cut their rates to work on the project, because of the message of the music and film. His goal was to do "one good thing"- to create a live music and film project that would inspire people to overcome challenges in life, but he was about to face more challenges than he ever imagined.

With no previous experience, Michael had directed and was in the process of co-editing the film, when things took a turn for the worse. He suddenly developed multiple serious ailments. He lost his vision, was diagnosed with kidney disease, and at high risk for heart disease. X: The Human Condition seemed doomed.

But though all this, something incredible was happening. The story of X: The Human Condition was now reflecting through to his real life and his real life reflected the story. They were coming together in a twisted, yet beautiful way. And it was when he could not see, that he saw what could not be seen.

With this realization, he underwent intense rehabilitation, strengthening his resolve to complete this "one good thing." A full recovery was not expected, but it is amazing what you can do when you are passionate about something.

With the goal of inspiring people through the music and film, the behind the scenes story of X: The Human Condition now became an inspiration in itself. The project is a tribute to humanity - it's flaw, and it's perfection. We can all hurt; we can all feel alone - yet we can all heal ourselves with our emotions, our beliefs and our minds.

In order to affect concrete change in others' lives, X: THC is donating a portion of proceeds from ticket and album sales of X: The Human Condition to www.halfofus.com and www.afsp.org.

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X: THC's musicians are diverse artists who have produced sound design for HBO, Showtime, ABC, SciFi, USA, and Oxygen networks, performed with, or played on albums by Public Enemy, Popa Chubby, DJ Red Alert, The NY Chamber Opera, and shared stages with Costanza, Mudville, Natalie Walker, Boom Boom Satellites, J.Viewz, and many more.

X: The Human Condition's production team has produced projects for Shaggy, Todd Terry, India, Louie Vega, The National Football League, The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and Latin America Superstar Ednita Nazario and Johnny Sigal.

X: The Human Condition 's actors have appeared in productions such as Saturday Night Live, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Morgan Spurlock's Phoenix, Guiding Light, Gossip Girl, Moon Over Miami, and the feature films The Good Shepherd, Forgiven and Final Analysis.

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"The realization of X: The Human Condition is absolutely remarkable...a fascinating experience"
-Side-Line Music Magazine

"Deeply and genuinel