On Elementi, Astronomy Domine enters a strange space somewhere between drone, cold wave synth music and avant garde techno. Kapvt Mvndi are releasing this vinyl 12” of atmospheric electronics and this abrasive and gothic dance music would make the perfect soundtrack to any ancient rite or occult ritual.
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- Elementi by Astronomy Domine
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 09 March 2016
I’m gonna let Kapvt Mvndi off for the single sidedness of this EP as they’ve managed to cram a full 17 minutes onto the 1 side - that’s 2 eight minute plus beaty murk jams. This time round, Astronomy Domine pay no homage to the Floyd and instead channel industrial cold wave as it meets slow techno with the melodics of classic horror synths. I can clearly see Clint moping in the corner of a club in the late 80s to this, in full black garb and eyeliner. The label call it post-techno, but as techno has really no bounds aside from ‘dark’ and ‘beats’ and has been an institution for well over 20 years, it’s hard to declare anything ‘past it’.
On Elementi, you’ll hear the cold distant clatters of someone dropping a forklift to the ground too quickly. If you look closely at the sleeve, you’ll see that the ‘inept warehouse operative’ is credited as producing the entire album. Now that’s grassroots. And also lies, but that’s the sort of vibe going on here. The beats are minimal and made from familiar techno kicks and hats, while smoky darkness swirls around, even meeting a muttered seance on the 2nd track.
A pretty successful excursion into past gothic tendencies and modern sparse beats.
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