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51717 (Shadowlust) goes full-length for this new release on L.I.E.S.. Paranoia Star features not only tracks but actual songs, and is full of experimental electronics of various stripes as well as those lush L.I.E.S.-style synths and rhythms. It's a hell of a statement actually, drawing on years of life lived and sounds heard. Good stuff, and it comes with a poster!

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LP on L.I.E.S. Includes full colour 22 x 28 poster.

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Paranoia Star by 51717 (Shadowlust)
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8/10 Ant 20 February 2019

Lili Schulder has been releasing music under her 51717 handle since 2006 - fellow geeks will know her ‘0VUL’ release on Opal Tapes along with cassettes on Gel and Total Black. Her only vinyl release as 51717 up until now was a split EP with Silent Servant on Jealous God, but she’s had records out as half of UE LI along with Florian Kupfer on Russian Torrent versions, and also as half of Shadowlust alongside Marquis Cooper (Svengalisghost).

She returns to L.I.E.S. (the label released the Shadowlust record) with ‘Paranoia Star’ which has gradually been intoxicating me over the past few weeks like some sort of invisible narcotic gas - subtly working its magic and seducing until I reach a point that straddles a very fine line between bliss and total head mashing dread. There’s something really creepy about this album that gets under the skin which I can’t quite put my finger on - it sort of splits me in half where one part of me is hanging out in dark matter -- deep space, I’m inside a black hole or dying star sorta vibe, and then the other half of me is wasted in some seedy dark alley in NYC. It’s a peculiar feeling to be floating in the vastness of space while anchored to the planet at the same time... but earth is in space anyway, right? The album has a really druggy dissociative quality achieved through smart sound design, eerie synths, subliminal samples and hallucinatory voices.

We don’t get a beat until halfway through the album where the zoned mechanical stomp and opiated coldwave vibe of ‘Exile’ is seriously disorientating with woozy spiralling synth and the very subtle, distant percussive pulse of futuristic doomer ‘Techelet’. From there we get the dark ritual/tribal clanker ‘Sara’ and the bleak, black droning of ‘Gamboge’ before closing cut ‘3417’ has a lead synth that rips and tears a hole through space and time, leaving a doorway into some ghostly realm before it mysteriously dissolves. Proper cyber black magic vibes on this record.

Recommended for those who enjoy void dwelling and staring into the abyss.



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