I’m a sucker for all things Kaer’Uiks related — their mission from day one was to curate a solid dose of abstract electronic music that doesn’t conform to any particular mainstream model and design next-level artwork that goes a step beyond to create a whole package. They’ve maintained that goal and are now preparing for their fifth anniversary celebrations.
(Pietro Da Sacco)
A delectable oceanic treat of immeasurable depth and grand ingenuity, Core Alter delivers a fantastic debut on Kaer'Uiks with Voice Array, offering an orchestrated deep ocean adventure oozing with character and very well developed sonic story-telling.
This is a fantastic release. Been looking forward to it.
Immediately proceeding the brilliant acid-drenched release from Myoptik earlier this month, Kaer'Uiks is at it again with a flex into deep idm territory, this time via newcomer to the label Core Alter’s 6 tracker, Voice Array. This one kicks off all stereotypes at the door and settles in for an unpredictable time, wildly dancing in the space between genres, giving absolutely no care to anything other. A divine expression of seductive asymmetry and viral motivations. The journey begins in a little tide pool laboratory, the aquatic pulse throbbing, mesmerizing in its’ cyclical gaze. Spring loaded stabs joining militarized percussion to facilitate a drexian vibe that runs infectious and brings you to the gates of the Bosonic Fields. Like peering out from Atlantis, Bosonic Fields reveals sunken synthesis and advanced crystalline melodies. Running arps suspended in space, lurching percussion in a tug of war with itself, all the while infused with a sinking aqueous aesthetic. The crooked flow leads to Reduplicative Amnesia, with its’ focus on the offset and recombinant cannibalism, desperate processing in a strange psychedelic factory. Classic IDM spun into hyperdrive with ceaseless metamorphosing and a feral constituency. Needing to find a way out, Escape Velocity lures you to the hatch, and as you open it are at once drawn into a vortex of swirling rhythms and broken ambience. Dumped in a temporary calm, Diogenesis bring you to the cradle of life with a Berlin school overlay, hydro-resonant smooth cruising in the deep depths. Drawn to an ancient sunken temple and finding yourself surrounded by tuned bubble melodies and swathes of alien lifeforms. Finally reaching the bottom, the fathomless deep, Redshift is the finality, the totality of this aquatic excursion. Live wire static and pin-pluck dissonance, and a slow ascension back towards the surface to bask in the glow of the rising dual suns.
(Ear Candy Archives)
Core Alter is new to these ears, but not anymore, the duo comprised of Steven Baxter and Elliott Watson manage to mangle sublime electronic nuggets from out of this planet, somewhere between Autechre’s robust modular slabs to Phoenecia’s subdued rhythmic grooves, Voice Array is a half-dozen collection of petrified tunes spanning 44 minutes via wicked glitch mayhem. A smattering of shapeshifting drums, flickering melodies, and erratic broken beats allows each piece to expand and unfold its hidden voice. Laser blasts and deformed percussion eradicates the landscape as precision blips’n bleeps hone in on caramelized transitions—Core Alter allows these macroscopic elements to marry with crunchy atmospherics that simply do not let go. Minimizing electronics with maximum effect, Voice Array is a standout and necessary EP.
01 - Fugue State
02 - Bosonic Fields
03 - Reduplicative Amnesia
04 - Escape Velocity
05 - Diogenesis
06 - Redshift
/ Compact Disc (Limited)
Written & Produced by Steven Baxter / Elliott Watson
Mastering by Felix Foerster
Design by Daniel Glaser
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