- Release Date 2015-06-22
- Label Tessier-Ashpool Recordings
- Catalog TARND006
Now, the singular siblings return (courtesy of our Tessier-Ashpool Research & Development series) with "Akathist", an abrupt turn into more arid and asperous territories than previously explored by the two – reflective of their recent analogue sound design work and their outboard- heavy live sets. In truth, the name of the EP says it all: meaning both a type of hymn and, literally, "not sitting", it sums things up perfectly – non- sedentary analogue techno jams, re-assembled with devotional precision in the studio, and imbued with hymnal fervor.
Opener "Kolkian" brings to mind furious electroclash synth-expletives, a la heyday The Hacker and the like, in this case affixed to a marching techno pulse, framed by a haunting and oppressive environment, and occasionally subverted by acidic resonance volleys. "DeceNeu" is a teutonic, structurally- recursive slog through earthen distortions, inquisitive synth moans and deep-throated invocations of its titular historic figure. "Rite" is an aptly-titled percussive ritual, marked by nosebleed-inducing urgency and ever- escalating drama, like a hard techno incarnation of the Shepard tone. Closer "Nox" is a nearly-nine-minute epic, most reminiscent of a Tin Man 303 ballad sped up and put through the wringer.
Comprising the cutting edge in Tessier-Ashpool 5am k-hole crowd control, "Akathist" is a valiant cowing of the ghost in the machine.
Make like the brothers and do not sit down for this one.
Written & produced by Dual Shaman. Mastering by Liar.
Artwork by Liar and Borealis.