Caught this on the Chaos Theory live stream. I'm not normally (scratch that, never) a fan of electronic music, but there's something unavoidedly beguiling about the energy and atmosphere wrung from these sounds. Recommended.
After two years of intense musical soul-searching and experimentation, APHEXIA's second full-length album, THE GATES, is finally here to enchant and surprise you.
With the multifaceted and elaborate material of this release, Ophelia (APHEXIA/ECSTASPHERE) continues her very personal musical journey and showcases a perceptibly matured sound combined with more complex and daring songwriting.
While some of the tracks, such as "Battered Heart" or "Frames" draw on the more conventional IDM sound of the previous album, others process and play with various other influences in a more obvious and intensional way. There is a lot of referential material throughout THE GATES, taking up the transparent and wayward sound of Portishead imbued with guitars and drum patterns reminiscent of Massive Attack's Mezzanine and 100th Window era, while with many 5/4 rhythms, polyrhythmic beats and surprising pattern turns, the rhythmic structuralizing of the compositions as well as some of the hooklines of this album are based on one of Ophelia's core influences: Progressive Rock.
In addition to this versatile pool of noticeable influences, THE GATES has a very self-referential quality to it, including "Breathe Reprise", a self-ironically heartbreaking collection of all the melancholic vocal/lyrical material of the previous APHEXIA album, and with "A.ffective Cure" an unexpected new take on "A Cure", which was one of the most well-received tracks of the debut ECSTASPHERE album, Feed Your Head. Motives from the first and last tracks of THE GATES, "The Threshold" and "Made Of Glass" are repeated and alienated throughout the whole album, themes are being taken up and broken open. THE GATES is a very challenging yet witty Electronica album, experimental yet extremely accessible. For the very first time, Ophelia incorporates humor into her music, which makes for an exciting new compositional dimension for the recipient to unravel and decode. Join APHEXIA on a journey in three parts, a journey through the gates of the present and the past into an uncertain future.
released May 15, 2017
Composed, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Ophelia The Suffering
Mastered by Alexander Dietz
Artwork by Lisa Schwabe
Layout by Lene Gadewoll
Track 03 previously released on Big Wave Records' "Pacemakers" compilation
The record label RAUMKLANG MUSIC was founded in 2003 and is specialized in electronic music. Since the birth of Raumklang
Music, they have released many successful albums. Artists like klangstabil or Patenbrigade Wolff had released tracks on Raumklang Music. 2009 a new chapter in the history of the publishing house was written. They turn their chief focus now on idm, industrial and electronica....more
An enthralling rhythmic noise experience, Ecstasphere & Aphexia pack a whole lot of punch on this double album. Full review here: http://www.brutalresonance.com/review/ecstasphere-and-aphexia-klangportrats-i-ii/ Steven Gullotta
A worthy successor to Your Dystopia, My Utopia.
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