Sonar OFF : Electric Deluxe showcase
News of an Electric Deluxe showcase at Sonar OFF and a release by Far.
News first. Electric Deluxe have just announced their showcase at Sonar OFF Techno week. Sonar Off @ Bloc Barcelona, 17 June. Quite a line up.
The release is from FAR an has the cheery title of Inevitable Collapse. Techno does love a bit of dystopia. The key track is opener, Hypocrite. This sets melody and bass synths in opposition and locks into a groove. Beats do come along but are always secondary to the bass synth and the sawing strings. Lovely stuff.
Ignite sounds minimal and oppressed by contrast. All shades of grey and decay. Carrier goes for a 90s wheezy techno and Smash The Walls has a clinical hospitalised feel to it’s Spartan techno take on the end of days.
Blurb: “There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever.”
Change is constant, collapse inevitable. With ‘Inevitable Collapse’ new project FAR rejects templates and dancefloor patterns, turning in four works of spontaneous techno contemplations. On the A-side “Hypocrite” opens with billowy, retroactive synths, weaved into some desolate sci-fi landscape. “Ignite” then wields hand drums and sparse electronic meditations akin to early Shackleton-meets-Aphex Twin through a Polygon Window. “Carrier” on the B-side is as chugging techno as it gets, albeit haunted by a deconstructive FAR presence. Finally “Smash The Walls” concludes in rolling waves of unpredictable surf. Recorded in long single takes and produced with solicitous mix-downs, ‘Inevitable Collapse’ is an intriguing debut for those more peripherally inclined.