The first physical manifestation of an ever-evolving experimental collaboration between Amnesia Scanner, Bill Kouligas and Harm van den Dorpel, a project known as Lexachast. Originating in 2015 as a one-off improvised live performance, it later morphed into a 15-minute audio-visual project and running live show. Now, in 2019, it exists as a proper studio album.
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LP on PAN, mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin.
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- Lexachast by Amnesia Scanner & Bill Kouligas
Amnesia Scanner return to PAN, this time joined by label boss Bill Kouligas documenting their Lexachast collaboration. Initially an audiovisual work - it has mutated to its current state where we’re left to imagine the visuals behind our eyelids. This isn’t difficult as the sounds are particularly evocative - something like if Stephen Stapleton was a rebel cyberpunk making tracks with a commune of replicants in a bunker somewhere under Neo Tokyo. The peculiar sample collage certainly recalls Nurse With Wound but this is more cyberdelic and futuristic. Visual artist Harm van den Dorpel created the cover art and also the visuals for the live performances, and it’s his images derived from an algorithm sourcing online that have inspired some of the sonics. The results are that surreal NWW feel coupled with Amnesia Scanner’s deconstruction of EDM into more avant-garde forms - where ominous droning meets autotune, dramatic horns and digital scree. The frantic rhythm and phantom-like communications of ‘Lexachast VI’ are a highlight but really you wanna be absorbing this in one hit. Not sure about the last tune ending with ironic comedy trance synths though. What is it with all the cheesy trance tropes slipping into experimental electronic music? Lorenzo Senni has a lot to answer for, eh. Other than that last tune which gets on my tits, I've been enjoying spinning this record.
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