The debut album from Berlin-based Russian artist Alexandra Zakharenko - a.k.a. Perila - Irer Dent is partly the result of her WET podcasts, which explored erotica and poetry set to immersive backdrops of electronica. Released on experimental Manchester-based label sferic, it's a strikingly contemporary work.
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I don't seem to have the knack for enjoying ASMR. There I said it. I always feel the need to roll off some of the high frequencies and turn the compression threshold down. However, I did enjoy 'Irer Dent', the debut album from Berlin-based Perila. This record is framed around erotic ASMR spoken-word passages and inhuman ambient soundscapes.
The speakers on this record tackle diverse and knotty themes in tones that are both hushed and dynamic. Nat Marcus whispers about '303s and poeticity' and Shakespeare. The words are a stream of consciousness that appear to collapse in on themselves. Threads of meaning begin to blur into wild complication because of the increasingly tangential free association that Marcus employs.
Inger Wold Lund speaks on the best piece on the album. Her spoken-word passage was pretty graphic and wholly engrossing. Lund presents grotesque images such as scorpions crawling out of the body alongside tender depictions of childhood and old-age. Listening to this piece, entitled, 'Sweat', felt almost voyeuristic, but the narrative voice was strong, autonomous, and confident. I would have loved to have hear more pieces with her on so I'll be investigating more of her writing.
There are other instrumental pieces such as 'Mouth Full Of Tahini' which has a faint, shallow panting running underneath the whole track that sounds at times anticipatory and at other times recuperative. The digital bonus track, 'Wet', is like being in a vast, psychedelic tap, listening to it flowing, dripping, stopping.
Listening to 'Irer Dent' by Perila will induce a truly autonomous sensory meridian response.
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