UK artist Spatial reveals his debut album 'A Music of Sound Systems' to be released via his own Infrasonic's imprint, the anticipated LP is a culmination and exploration of the raw and experimental sound for which he has become synonymous.
Following on from his Emergence series, released across 3 parts in 2015-2016, Spatial's debut album is a step away from the series but also a deconstruction of it, incorporating key sounds as well his new hardware set up, road tested at last years live Mutek performance.
Framed by the abstract art movement 'Suprematism' and Russian artist Lissitzky in particular, 'A Music Of Sound Systems' is an audio exploration of space, volume, mass and rhythm as well as an homage to both Caribbean and UK soundsystem culture. As Spatial explains the album is "Visceral music that inhabits in a kind of architectural form..the stereo panning in the tracks hints at 3D in a similar way to the work of Lissitzky"
With musique concrete and the Darmstadt School both cited as inspirations, Spatial takes ideas of obscuring and manipulating but instead interprets them into more club-aligned compositions. Combining these concepts, album opener 'Doping conductor' mixes tense soundscapes with crackling synths and a void like sinking bass. 'Proun', a direct reference to Lissitsky, builds with escalating ominous intent whilst 'Quiddity Dub' draws heavily on Spatial's dub roots. 'Walking off' is a turning point on the LP as a vast and deserted ambient landscape materializes before 'Routine conflict' combines distorted noise with echoing and apprehensive synths. 'System I' quickens with visceral scratches over a brooding siren like call before 'A Music Of Sound Systems' closes out the LP with an eerie and staggered melody, rumbling outwards.
The split production location between his hometown of London and the Canary Islands is reflected in the contradiction of moods in the album. Juxtaposing the intensity of urban life with the idyllic rural settings of La Palma, the album conjures harsh grey and industrial scenes alongside softer ambient tones offering up moments of respite.
Always situated left off centre of the electronic music circuit, with a penchant for exploring an intermedia approach to his productions, 'A Music Of Sound Systems' continues to demonstrate Spatial's versatility and individuality as a producer.