Phages by Kalte

Kalte | Phages
self-released (DL)

If you are unfamiliar with the work of Kalte (Deane Hughes of Akumu and Rik MacLean of mara’s torment) I suggest a deep dive on Bandcamp to discover some of their backcatalogue. Their latest is an EP just shy of a half-hour, drenched in atmospheric pulsation. The duo’s conceptual interest in chemistry and biology comes through in this venture of experimental drone, lined with dusty ambient pockets

Straight out of sci-fi comes Vostok Station, cool and detached. Ladies and gentlemen, we were once promised this, we are officially now floating in space. Synth pixels jitter and disperse. The mood further deeper on Korolev Crater, and we are inside looking out into the vortex of darkness. Nothing nostalgic here, only thick plumes of drone, coagulation and static transmissions, modulations to drift off into.

Finally on Kermadec the ear catches the scene regressing, shrinking, contorting gently. As characters we are now disjoined from the mothership (or the central cell), as a clanging reverb enters and we are on our own without a map. Yes, it sounds alienated, but oh, does it sound good to be right here and now.


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