Life Forces: We Read Call Super’s Tarot to Unlock the Key to His Creative Process
In the first edition of our new Life Forces series, we investigate the Gemini energy that influenced his latest album, Every Mouth Teeth Missing
Life Forces is a series where tarot reader, astrologer, and intuitive Bianca, from Life Forces Incorporated, taps into previously unseen cosmic territories with an artist. Both tarot and astrology are tools to understand ourselves better. Whereas our personal astrology is literally written in the stars at our time and place of birth, the energy channeled through the 78 archetypal cards of the tarot changes each moment they are brought forth in the space-time continuum. Over the years of Bianca’s practice, she has observed how these esoteric modalities can give new words to personal truths, uncover powerful energies we might not be fully aware of, and help us have more faith in our creative capabilities and unique journeys.
Anyone who has taken note of Call Super over the years might have caught a delightful whiff of his eccentricity. Whether it’s his off-kilter productions escaping easy genre categorization, his track names that merit their own Wikipedia page, or his distinctive personal style, he’s never blended into the monochromatic techno with a capital T landscape. From his debut EP Yphsilon released in 2009 to his most recent, third album Every Mouth Teeth Missing, to his drawings and paintings often accompanying his releases, there’s always been something pleasantly odd about his art. To anyone even slightly familiar with astrology, it might not be surprising that the artist also known as Ondo Fudd and JR Seaton is a Gemini. Those born between May 21 and June 21 are often carelessly given the “two-faced” label, yet the terms curious, playful, multifaceted, intellectual, adaptable, and quick-witted would better describe Seaton and most Geminis out there on Planet Earth.
There are countless artists throughout time who have worked in a spiritual way that's been totally disconnected from the church. That was always very inspiring to me.
Written over the course of three years, his latest full-length is pure Gemini, 12th House music. It touches on a sort of instability felt over the course of its creation that he sought to channel through the album’s 10 tracks, laid bare in the sunburst guitar, soft piano, and strange percussion punctuating the silences in opener “An Unstable Music.”
After weaving through astrology, his creative process, the collective and personal energies of 2020, and how they’ve been affecting him, we drew 3 Tarot cards to see where his energies are heading. The Knave of Swords, the 4 of Cups, and the Magician came up for Seaton. Swords represent air energy (very Gemini) and Cups are water, having to do with emotions and spirituality (very 12th House), while The Magician is a card representing the power to manifest things in life. Throughout our conversation, Seaton expressed a desire to observe and analyze rather than taking up space with too many words, which is very much Knave of Swords energy. The 4 of Cups to me indicated that Seaton, through his role as an observer, will be able to demonstrate to those around him in a subtle way that no matter how bleak things can seem, there is always beauty in life; even if the way it decides to show up is a bit bizarre. Then the Magician comes along to create magic, which for Seaton is his music.
Call Super then elucidated how the cards resonated with him. He described feeling very connected to the role of the observer, mulling over choices he has made over the past few years related to race and respect, pondering the fact that most clubs, line ups, and media in the house and techno world do not reflect the cities they operate in and have not been open places for new Black voices.”
2021 is going to be a very difficult year as we emerge from a pandemic in which the largest price has been paid by those who could least afford it.
Every Mouth Teeth Missing is out now on Inciensio. Support the artist on Bandcamp.
Bianca Giulione is a writer, Tarot reader, astrologer, and founder of Life Forces Incorporated. Find her on Instagram.
Gabriel Massan is a visual artist based in Berlin. He has previously collaborated with NTS Radio, Kaltblut Magazine, and designer Lucas Leão.
Published November 24, 2020.