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Hi all! Our new album is out! It's post-...something, dubby, distorted and weird. One track got tons of terrestrial airplay; another seems to be getting picked up by a bunch of blogs. One guy I know says some of it sounds like Tool, but I don't hear that myself.
It's grubby and strange and full of cool drumming and custom DSP code and modular gear used as a *conventional instrument*. We recorded the whole thing in a day. I hope you like it! Cheers.
Album link: https://gyro.lnk.to/SpectralGates
SPECTRAL GATES is a collaboration between Steve Allison & Daniel Arena (who also perform individually as Scruffamudda and Daniel Arena's Musical Entertainment Cube). The duo create energetic, ethereal and apocalyptic electronic beats, dub and post-rock.
In late 2019, after a seven year break from playing together in bands, they went into a hacked-together DIY studio space for a day and came out with the bones of a self-titled album, scheduled for release on streaming services and Bandcamp March 31:
"I'd just finished getting my recording rig sorted out again following some sessions for other bands, and it felt silly to pack it all away again in storage without doing some more tracking. Somehow this led to a one-day unplanned recording in a rehearsal room with me and Steve Allison - nothing written in advance, the very slightest amount of prep (most of which we discarded), and a terrifying mountain of instruments and equipment. Just, like, three of everything. Loopers and synths and mess. Angry homemade digital. I think I had ten different ways to make a guitar sound more distorted ready to patch in.
Going in I wanted to capture some of the sheer exhilaration of making a terrible racket with friends. There's nothing like letting a guitar just feedback, barely under control. The air takes on mass and menace. Infamous noise pioneer Lucas Abela joked in an interview about one of his public installations that experimental music is a lot more fun to make than to listen to, and I was expecting this would go the same way. Maybe we'd capture a bit of that.
What I hadn't counted on was that Steve and I would find something musically coherent from the first seconds of recording, and we kept gravitating back towards sanity in the sessions. The literal first thing we recorded survived through as track one on the album - this big, dubby, distorted thing that just rolls and flows and makes sense, and most of the album grew out of this apocalyptic cloud of electronic tension.
Three minutes into a totally improvised piece that's working, you get this terror, you have to figure how to land this crazy machine before the wings fall off. We got a few good landings on tape."
OR are officially back from ghosting innocent demo suppliers. Noice breaks just like part 1. Pre-orders will be online Dec. 15th. Keep your eyes peeled on OR bandcamp: https://occultresearch.bandcamp.com/
Mystic & Quantum Lost Canvas Series 001.
Release date: 07/2019
Limited to 200 copies
music done with modular synth recorded live by Oxynucid
artwork by Fred Gambino
inner sleeve with artwork
Mastered by Alek Stark
Concept by Vagon Brei
"A slow orange morning breaks on the glassy city, with the warmth of the New Sun not yet reaching the purple and blue architectures it has flooded with light. Airtaxis and the nightly auto-buses silently float by the window of our high-rise apartment, dutifully bringing to home and work the last of the crowds from the Jel Bars. A recently slept-in bed spills its silver sheets onto the tiled floor, and the digital clock at the bedside is still blinking four Xs after a generator blip. A deep, barely perceptible hum lingers beneath our feet, subtly surrounding us with a reminder that this is a built world, and not something so archaic as the Earth. A lot was said in the name of romancing what was lost when we left, twenty years ago, but no one could have known that those voices would so quickly be relegated to the part of your brain that remembers Shakespeare, wondering how tiresome it must have been to use your hands, and to write things on paper. How these fragments of the Old World were able to be recalled at all was a miracle of humanity's ability to deny the present and future, in favor of the past, and the monumental accomplishment of this ignorance far overshadowed whatever wisdom was presumably contained in those brittle, arcane pages."