Kostis Kilymis set out to document the experience of life in the UK capital with Bethnal Greener, and is consequently an anxious and jittery listening experience. Using all manner of lo-fi electronics (think controlled feedback, contact mic-ed structures and pure sine waves), Kilymis creates creeping wonder. On Rekem Records.
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- Bethnal Greener by Kostis Kilymis
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 04 September 2015
Slowly unfolding whirrs and fumbling noise sentences exude from this, Kostis Kilymis new LP on Rekem. Kilymis seeks to document life in the great London via raw sound manipulations, the sound of gentrification and astronomical rent but also a creative melting pot and limitless excitement. 2 sided coin innit. Let’s examine the 2nd track ‘Stepney Way’, which I cannot do conceptually as I have never knowingly been to Stepney Way. Muted ground buzz purrs away constantly before some tiny tapped things sound out a rhythm, almost like the most minimal noise techno tune ever. The buzz suddenly ceases, replaced by a singular high pitch, before the noise drops back in with some stereo trundles.
It is from these simple blocks that Bethnal Greener is built, nothing but sine tones, buzz and constrained recordings of pure materials - concrete, steps, that sort of thing. Rhythm isn’t too common, the majority being a slowly churning, soft soundscape with an abrasive edge, not a tonal melody in sight. The way it thrums is in complete parallel with the city environment it was cast from and in this way, as well as textural intrigue, Bethnal Greener succeeds. Raw drones for city-dreamers.
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