19805. -_ 19905 and Litüus have the honour of being the first release on Avian since the label joined with its sister label Mira. The man from Chicago brings some beatless, experimental techno which will reassure anyone worried that the Avian/Mira merge would change the label’s ethos. The compositions draw from many genres; techno, a bit of deep house thrown in and some pure experimental soundscapes too. Incredibly recorded in single-take recordings with hardware instruments, it’s an interesting listen to say the least.
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- 19805. -_ 19905, by Lituus
8/10 Ant Staff review, 08 October 2015
You remember those records on Avian sister label Mira right? 10”s from Bleaching Agent, Covered In Sand, Prostitutes, Zov Zov, Worn, Burma Camp and Faugust. Distinctively different from the output on Avian, all great stuff too. Well apparently Mira is no more... but weep not because Avian has now absorbed Mira and will release material that previously may have ended up on as part of that series of 10"s.
The first fruits of the two labels merging into one comes from Lituus; an alias of Chi-town based artist Connor Camburn. A name that’s never appeared on my radar before, and so having total faith in Shifted’s curation of his labels; I’m all ears to hear what this guy gets up to. As expected it’s right up Ant Street. The first track ‘PRTN:_001/.1 /’ rattles round my skull like the hazy memories/ aftermath of what I experienced in a club the night before. Techno stripped and deconstructed into what sounds like the re-manifestation of the physical vibrations experienced remoulded back into sound. So like the feeling you get from techno without the explicit use of its component sounds. ‘PRTN:_002/.1’ uses a sound palate not uncommon in modern techno, working loops into heady hypnotic minimalism for heads rather than feet. Similarly there’s not a 909 or 808 to be found in ‘PRTN:_003/.1’ foregrounding techno compatible synth phrases that subtly transform, the magic happening in a similar way to say a Maurizio loop where nuance is key.
‘RTN:_001/.2’ over on the B-side is industrial music/ mechanical machine music reduced to it’s absolute core. Sounding like a sewing machine with a propeller mapping out microrhythms. ‘PRTN:_002/.2’ does a similar thing with clicky/ bleepy/ liquid sounds that come across as techno created in some insectoid microcosm. Closing track ‘PRTN:_003/.2’ is like the looped whistles of mechanical birds which initially felt jarring but once absorbed in the pattern becomes pretty tranquil.
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