Exclusive Premiere: I/II – Tectonics (Transverse)

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I embarked on a journey a couple of days ago. It had nothing to do with going to Paris, Berlin, London, Oslo, Helsinki or anything else – because it had to do with I/II. Somehow I managed to hijack a premiere which had been lent to me by co-operating with the Austrian label Totally Wired Records. Ever since I interviewed the man behind I/II, 1/2, or what ever he wants to call it himself – maybe Split Personalities to make it more than a suggestive symbol, I’ve had the ride of my life. Not because I ever wanted to, but because he re-tells stories or take up subjects in each of his tracks, at the same time he’s letting the genres change each time a new subject comes up. It started with the first track from his forthcoming mini-album “Earthquakes Usually Come Around At Night“, titled “Let’s call it a day“. This one didn’t actually have anything written to explain what it means, but it has something to do with dancing the night away and ignoring important subjects. Lock away the prisoners – there’s nothing to see here, everything’s nice and tidy. Just take some drugs and it will be fine. It’s a minimal electronics, minimal synth, experimental wonderworld which is laid upon the foundation of something that I would call a split between low-keyed noise and minimal industrial. You never know what will show up, but the soft-spoken voice in such a static environment brings up questions in your own head. Which is probably how it’s meant to be, when synced with the lyrical content.

Then the song “Transmissions End” have a steady post-punk baseline laid upon the same experimental and minimal ground. It takes up many subjects which are entwined with the other song, but it deals with freedom of speech, a realistic thought on how people get by – when time’s harsh on you and the tide can turn at any time. The paradox between your own constructed reality which often times is shaken to the core when faced with the brutality that real life can be – and might’ve become for people. I don’t really know, but that’s how I interpret it via the lyrical content. It’s a catchy song which serves as a tragicomical take on a post-modern world in a digital age, steaming on the tracks of supposed progress just to be flying out of a cliff with the next turn it takes. I believe that minimal synth, blip-blop (8-bit melodies) and post-punk are at the center of this rather cheerful but serious song. There’s a contrast between the melodies and the rhythm of the stern baseline that chugs away.

Now we get to the part where Repartiseraren gets involved. We had the opportunity to collaborate with Totally Wired Records on the weekly premiere that was scheduled before the mini-album is released in its entirety. So we got a hold of the third song, called “Tectonics (Transverse)” which is probably one of the most ambigious songs on the whole release. It starts off with “Kill them all” and a swift but hard-hitting industrial beat which changes into a monotonous acidic temptation, very quickly. We’re somewhere in between minimal electronic body music and acid. Whatever you do, it’s pointless to fight at all. It’s probably the most concrete but vividly explained subject which I/II brings up with this mini-album. Here’s where our own involvement ends, here’s where I present to you the exclusive premiere of “Tectonics (Transverse)“. I believe you should get into “Statues” and “Function (Push To the Limit)” – just so you can make up your own mind when it comes to the two last songs. However, now it’s time to listen to what I can exclusively offer until the 28th of November – when the mini-album is to be released.

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Listen: Equinoxious – Singles

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For some time now Equinoxious have been releasing single after single – finally compiling everything into a triple-single. It’s been a while since his E.P. “Astros Prometidos” was released, a year ago. Then it was re-released on the Valencian label SINCRONICA in April this year. But then singles showed up roughly two months ago, hinting that his forthcoming album “Cosmódromo” was due to be released, on the aforementioned label. These three singles are titled “Astrónomo Insumiso“, “Cosmódromo (ft. Kriistal Ann)“, and “Σ“. I haven’t really been following this Mexican artist more then when one of his tracks were featured on a compilation not too long ago. That seems to have been a greater mistake then what I ever could have anticipated. His music is really something which connects the otherwise blurry dots between minimal synth and synth-pop. Often times the minimalism takes a greater toll on the sound then it should, in my opinion. It becomes bleaker then intended and carries nothing much of weigth. Equinoxious manage to find a balance in the contrast between minimalism and the otherwise glamorous synth-pop sound – by relying on catchy, primitive and repetetive beats – intermixed with a clever and complex rhythmic pattern that have the ability to change – rapidly.

Another thing which hasn’t gone unnoticed is how many within minimal synth, cold wave, darkwave and other similar sub-genres collaborate more then usual. Just see how Paradox Obscur’s own Kriistal Ann is featured on one of the single-tracks featured both in this foretaste and also in the forthcoming album by Equinoxious. You don’t have to go far when you’d want to see a collaboration, just check earlier releases by other artists in nearby genres; Roladex and ((PRESSURES)), Xiu and Cold Colors, Larissa Iceglass from Lebanon Hanover on the forthcoming Selofan-release, and many more. It doesn’t just have to be split-releases but it can also be collaborations. I hope to see even more of that in the future, to say the least many of them have been surprising and others not as surprising. So now when SINCRONICA will be releasing Equinoxious new album, you’ll unfortunately have to wait until 2015 for the end result. I hope there’ll be more collaborations on the release instead of just one, but I can right now only hope for that to show up next year. I suggest that when you’re patiently waiting, stream the “Singles” down below.