The Untitled Series is moving from Open Sky to Lucky Scent www.luckyscent.com in 2014.
We think it’s going to be a great new home, and the next episode of Season 2, S02E02, will launch on luckyscent. You’ll find a clean new page layout, well-ordered episodes, easy comments, easy ordering, and reliable shipping. The team at Open Sky has been great and put their all into the series, but Open Sky’s model has changed a bit from when I launched the series, and Lucky Scent and I are tailoring a platform that'll be terrific.
We don’t have the 2014 re-launch date yet, but we’ll be letting you know as soon as possible when the Untitled Series will arrive in its new home.
best to all of you,
Hi guys. It's Chandler. Well--at this point all I'm going to say is..nothing. Other than email Alyse directly firstname.lastname@example.org so she can personally straighten it out for you. In any case the Open Sky warehouse and office both are closed today so nothing can go out and nothing else will till we have the right S02E01.
S02E01—Episode 1 of The Untitled Series’ Season 2—is a work you’ll find subtly surprising when you smell it and much, much more surprising when, in the Reveal, you discover the concept behind it. As a gay man, I’m familiar with its notorious, cultish, carnal, seminal origin story, which could have produced a fascinating, overwhelming, shocking, unwearable monster. In the event, the perfumer—one of the most brilliant artists of his generation—has managed to take the source’s central trope and build it into a sleek, seamless, effortlessly-wearable machine. All the more extraordinary given that this trope (in its French, not Finnish, format) was omnipresent in the early 20th century and has now in the 21st so thoroughly vanished that today perfumers are equally fascinated by it and despairing of ever creating with it. This guy succeeded, ingeniously. S02E01 is a time traveler. It’s a thing that shouldn’t work and yet works flawlessly.
I never expected to include a work like S01E10 in the Untitled Series because—and this is giving away quite a bit about the identity of the scent—I tend to be wary (with pretty good reason) of work by self-taught perfumers. I find this artist disconcerting. He strikes me as ridiculously talented, and as far as I can tell he came out of nowhere.
The other startling thing for me is that this is a work created at full tilt in what is in my view a risky school; the problem with Romantic works is that they tend, by definition, to be overblown, melodramatic. Romantic literature—early to mid-1800s—and Romantic music—late 1800s to around the 1940—show the style’s strengths and weaknesses, the greatest of the weaknesses being, from the 21st century point of view, an earnest ingenuousness, a complete lack of cynicism. Cynicism is an endemic feature of turn-of-this-century culture and art. Given that the era is bookended by the highly corrupt Vietnam War and the mind-blowingly corrupt Iraq War, it’s warranted. So how do you pull off Romanticism today?
By creating S01E10, it turns out. This is one of the greatest Byronesque beauties I’ve ever experienced. Windswept moors, cold rough seas, rocky cliffs tempest tossed, the genre’s entire panoply of tropes with no irony in sight, and yet you buy it, not (not for an instant) despite yourself but with a lifting soul, courage renewed, and a sense of adventure. If Robert Louis Stevenson had done a celebrity scent, this would have been it.
It’s easy to knock off a discussion of the specs because they’re so good: persistence, diffusion, structure, stability—all excellent. Simple. The aesthetics are extraordinarily coherent.
I should take this chance to remind us all how lucky we are. The wonderful thing about the artistic medium of scent is that it is closely analogous to the artistic medium of film: works done in it are, unlike works in paint or dance, highly reproducible and can be easily bought and taken home and experienced. Buy it.
E09 is the final episode of Season 1; Season 2 starts in September with S02E01.
Hi everyone. I want to catch everyone up on Seasons 1 and 2 of The Untitled Series with the series' Episodes List. Here we go:
The Untitled Series S01E01: Prada Infusion d'Iris by Daniela Andrier
The Untitled Series S01E02: Mugler Cologne by Alberto Morillas
The Untitled Series S01E03: L'Etrog by Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier
The Untitled Series S01E04: Yuzu Rouge by Raphaël Haury
The Untitled Series S01E05: Eau de Lierre by Fabrice Pellegrin
The Untitled Series S01E06: Bal D'Afrique by Jérome Epinette
The Untitled Series S01E07: Vanille Insensee Cologne by Ralf Schwieger
The Untitled Series S01E08: Rose Noir by Jérome Epinette
The Untitled Series S01E09: (reveal on 7/31/2013)
The Untitled Series S02E10: (launch on 8/1/2013, reveal 8/31/2013)
The Untitled Series S02E01: (launch on 9/1/2013, reveal on 9/30/13)
The Untitled Series S02E02: (launch on 10/1/2013, reveal on 10/31/2013)
The Untitled Series S02E03: (launch on 11/1/2013, reveal on 11/30/2013)
The Untitled Series S02E04: (launch on 11/20/2013, reveal on 12/31/2013)
The Untitled Series S02E05: (launch on 1/1/2014, reveal on 1/31/2014)
Further episodes to come.