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09 December 2016
Cassegrain - ARCS-02


    After Berlin-based Alex Tsiridis and Hüseyin Evirgen, known conjointly as Cassegrain, had joined forces half a decade ago and have published series of releases on Prologue, Killekill and acted as feature artists on Semantica and Infrastructure, a decision was made start a household record label, named with the very pseudonym they used for two Our Circula Sound EPs released a couple years back - Arcing Seas. Not giving too much thought to release titles, nor bothering to put those on the front of the simply colored, but neatly designed artworks, with Arcing Seas they seem to have taken on a course of releasing three-trackers in their signature vein, which has always been uneasy to outline stylistically due to ever-shifting sound style and mutli-sided approach towards production.

    130 BPM, polyrhythmic 8-minute opener Stax Scarlett starts off with thudding 4/4 kicks, two panning layers of tupleting stabs, and softly sizzling, sneaky background ambiance; before long, they're joined by 9/10 hats and a folk-leaning, longing bassline, reminiscent of a flute piping. Vultures retains the tempo, utilizing same kick drum pattern, hissing hat sweeps, slightly distorted, unrestful 5-note loop that will stay on from beginning to the end, two layers of sun-dried and processed egg shakers at various time signatures, arbitrarily echoing through the channels, self-consciously brooding bassline, and successively pitching, estranged 16/4 hats that appear in the second half. Local God elevates to 133 BPM, making use of effective, seemingly doubling kicks, a panning, metallic 3-note stab loop, reenacting itself with reverb and followed by the after sweeps that bring to mind knife sharpening movements, high-range residing, noise-shaped field, carefully segmented into paper-thick bands that accord with the rhythm, sandy, stretching 4/4 hats, slightly uncanny, alienated droning tones, and obscure minutiae of bleeping, sliding, wailing samples that show up unexpectedly and just as unexpectedly disappear into whatever alternative sound dimensions they opt to visit next.


Release Type: EP

Release Date: 9 December 2016

Release Format: Digital ● Vinyl

Record LabelCatalog: Arcing Seas ● DYSTOPIANLP01

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| Tags: Arcing Seas, EP, Techno, 2016, Cassegrain