DECAYCAST Reviews: Katatonic Silentio / Tremco / Neurosplit / Oromë (Biodiversità Records, 2018)
This collaboration shifts honestly between many many different sonic spaces; in the least contrived blending of beat oriented synthesis and, well plants. Riffing off a theme of the releasing label, Biodiversità Records, Katatonic Silentio / Tremco / Neurosplit / Oromë create a dense, special world of sonic possibilities in a structurally rhythmic call and response ping pong of tense, delicate, and complicated sonic events. Oscillating between dissonant beat oriented electronic music which the artists admit could be considered “techno” but the four to the floor mindless speed comedown hooks are left by the wayside for a more atonal, arrhythmic, deconstruction of traditional “techno”, “dubstep” or whatever step” you take away from these quaint but pungent sonic exercises. “Pteris Variata” unduates between slower, cold, tense pulsing rhythms, occasionally backed by more straightforward percussive voices, however the ambient swells and tense array of noises never allows this to become too much of a unique sound; the tracks and sections move swiftly and articulate their space and move on, nothing forces the listener into a corner relentlessly, rather creates a dark and interesting space for the listener to crawl into if they choose and explore a lush, dark, cinematic sound.
Background swells of anciently articulated sawtooth waves swell and wobble under a filter noose and offer an ambience which the percussion rhythms can dance around without dominating the mix. Overall the vibe is minimalist, tense, cinematic, ambient. Clickity, tapping, bass drums drive the rhythm exercises through a full workout of sonic possibilities ending with perhaps the EP’s strongest track, ” Oromë – Athyrium cantem” which speaks to early Phaedra era Tangerine Dream, Wendy Carlos and even references current producers such as Cloudland Canyon or Peaking Lights.
Will be digging more through this Italian based label’s catalog and seeing what other dark, pulsing treats we can find hiding in the brush.