enmossed is pleased to present 𝑬𝑵𝑴𝑺, a new cassette series curated by artist and perfumer Daisy Paradise, Florian T M Zeisig, and Glyn Maier. Releases consist of pairing an artist’s album with a plant of their choice and feature an interview - spoken or written - connected to the chosen plant. RJM Vanderheyden realized the series design beautifully with UV-etched, color-matched cassettes and cases made from recycled materials, drawing upon a collection of rare botanical illustrations.
In the works for over a year, we are delighted to debut the first album of the series from long-time enmossed associate Chaperone - 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒇𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄, paired with chamomile and a chat between Daisy Paradise and Suzanne Belle Stone of Moon of Hyldemoer Herbals.
“Daisy Paradise tells us that when a plant is taken out of its comfort zone, its growth adapts to new and challenging conditions. Its properties change: they incorporate the difficulty and beauty of its foreign surroundings. Chaperone trawls the dusty grooves of bossa nova LPs, extracting forgotten melodies and re-contextualizing them into an indeterminate industrial churn. A boscagic echo rendered into a miniature plastic flower, partially submerged in a puddle alongside crumbling asphalt.
Suzanne Belle Stone reminds us that, while we obsess over the rare, we fail to honor and celebrate the gifts of the common - that’s why we tend to undermine the strength and the subtlety of the ever-present chamomile. Chaperone repeats a sound, looping it, making it common. An abundance of multiplicities that create a new temporality, helping us quiet our mind. Chamomile is quiet, chamomile listens. A flower that likes to grow in large groups, in community, surrounded by its own repetitions.
𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒇𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄 is a dense hive of loops spreading their subtleties and becoming common through the air, a rooting system weaving an all-enveloping sea of electric dust under which we listen, as in a dream, to the static effervescence of a swarm of chamomile seeds. Each of these seeds contains a tiny sun and a tiny moon. Plants come to you when you need them.”
- Marta Núñez Pouzols
David Coccagna (Chaperone) is a Queens-based writer and musician focusing primarily on transgressive human behavior, poverty, class division, and addiction. Born and raised in Philadelphia, the principle imagery and sonic influences of the depressed Northeast neighborhood Lawncrest has served as the palette and canvas Coccagna works upon. He has worked with labels Great Circles, Jungle Gym, Con.apt, and Minor Adjustments, with more recent focuses leaning into repetitive sound and theme. He is an avid cyclist and has two cats.
released March 20, 2023
recorded by Chaperone
interview by Daisy Paradise
assistance by Florian T M Zeisig
audio finalized by Glyn Maier
design and artwork by RJM Vanderheyden