Written and produced by Ap Hel
Lyrics and vocals by Rodney Perez
Mastered by Frank Riggio
Design by kounterpart
krx002 arrives courtesy of Ap Hel, an exercise in sustained tension and rigid structures entitled Intrinsic/Intransit, digging deep into repetitive routines but also focusing on little moments that our protagonist and narrator soaks in.
„A thematic album, Intrinsic/Intransit is narrated and written in cooperation with Rodney Perez, a journey best described as if you were going to work everyday, seeing the same things over and over again, traveling through the same road you’ve known ever since you can remember but also absorbing those random moments that give new meaning to your boring existence. This is translated through the carefully crafted beat work and mechanical melodies that populate Ap Hel’s trademark sound. This is a journey where no tune will feel out of place. It consolidates a vision from the beginning till the ending. The small moments are tense while they last, sometimes delivering head-banging moments or ending abruptly. You never feel at ease. The longest moments are the ones that evolve and morph the most but also stand out from the more aggressive instants, thanks to very welcome moments of humor, courtesy of the little story that is told while you’re soaking in the mathematical structure of these songs. Yes, despite being a routine journey, there are unique and introspective moments our hero experiences, creating a solid contrast to the music, but also balancing the elements with finesse. What might’ve sounded like repetition at first, it will become something else entirely later on, more amusing and ironic, giving new meaning to what you’ll be listening to.
Sound wise, the story is similar, for Ap Hel has created all the sounds from modular synths but later sequencing them through hardware samplers to create the much needed unyielding structure to his songs. An heavy presence as well on the record, and carefully integrated with the concept of the album, feedback loops are as intrinsic to the album structure as its detailed sequences. From small clicks and cuts to over layered basses fed through analog filters, feedback is the core idea from which most of these sounds bloom.
Intrinsic/Intransit is an album that requires your attention and patience to fully unveil its depth of sound and narrative. Once you’re on board, allow the interweaved concept of narrative and audio to take over for full effect, for this is one of those where you can’t skip a song.“