Kiasmos – Blurred (2017)

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Kiasmos mark their return in 2017 with a new 12” EP titled Blurred — available worldwide on October 6th via Erased Tapes.

Since their 2015 Swept EP, the duo have been performing shows extensively across the world. After writing and recording together in their native Iceland this year, the pair will be bringing a glimpse of light to a particularly gloomy time of year as their light sounds are brighter than ever.

Words from Ólafur and Janus (and Máni), August 2017:

“To write new material felt like a new beginning for us after two years of touring. The plan was to write something a tad darker than our previous stuff. Spring in Reykjavík had other plans though, as this turned out to be our brightest release to date.” — Janus Rasmussen

“Stimming was one of the reasons we started making four-on-the-floor music and we have been listening to Bonobo since we were young, so it was a great honour that they wanted to contribute remixes for the EP.” — Ólafur Arnalds

“I wanted to make something that felt natural but digital at the same time.” — Director Máni Sigfússon

Patricia – Liminal States (2017)

Several Shades Of The Same Color is Patricia’s first album for Spectral Sound — produced in conjunction with his own label Active Cultures.

Tips for listeners: consider the moment in which you exist; pay attention to how these sounds evoke physiological (rather than cognitive) responses. Listeners may find themselves deriving immense physical pleasure from exposure to these sounds. Inability to achieve such pleasure is likely attributable to over-analysis of the aforementioned audio content — or to improper amplification.

Each of Shades’ three LPs features suites of tracks that, considered alone, comprise their own distinct, unique worlds. Disc One opens with “I Know The Face, But Not The Name,” an unabashedly plaintive trip through classic electro rhythms; flip it over for “The Words Are Only Sounds,” a haunting affair for synthesizer and voice. Disc Two’s “The Electric Eye is Upon Me” swirls endlessly, while “Shiba Inu Dub” is cut for the floor and coy as its namesake. Disc Three’s jackin’ “Feel Your Body” will cause you to do just that; “German Friendship” sounds like D.A.F. on dissociatives.

Any emotional associations incurred while listening come at the listener’s discretion. Furthermore, the identity of the author and/or their passions regarding the recordings herein shall bear no weight on the listener’s experience. This body of work is not intended to generate ideas; rather, its goal is to produce physical sensations in the listener.

Taken altogether, Several Shades Of The Same Color is kaleidoscopic, a multi-faceted techno trip. Listen in full, or listen in part. And if you consider only one of these intermittent listening notes, make it this one: Don’t think; just hear.

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