We could always reference Phoenecia‘s historical overview for a brief glimpse at their growth as definitive sound sculptors carving their own niche in a saturated segment of underground electronics. Not only are the duo of Joshua Kay and Romulo Del Castillo still pursuing sonic creations in a myriad of formations (film, soundtracks, collaborations and label operations), they continue to craft mind-bent rhythms that transcend time, coming across as minimalist tribal structures accented with electro’s dynamic low-pressure grooves and gelatinous shifts.
Not forgetting the mechanical blend of atmospherics that inevitably inhibit Phoenecia’s work, Demissions presents a juxtaposed view of polished sparks and shivering shadows. Take the opening “Two-Part Invention for Bodran & Computor,” its “Silver Apples Of The Moon” projection keeps this twelve-minute detoxified abstract quite intense. Elsewhere you’ll find extraterrestrial nuances flicker in ashes of synth warfare as evident on “Nostrum Remedium” and “Frendano.” “Seba,” a beatless affair, rummages through nostalgic drones and elongated metallic noise. But just as subtlety and calm are prevalent throughout, so too are the experimental slivers explored on tracks like “Dogness” (which samples Kettel’s “My Dogan”), “Mushroom Cloud Over Miami” and “Livelihoods.” These contagious pieces collapse all preconceived notions of IDM and reconfigure their digits for something more inspired, direct and unrelenting.
Whether you’re an avid Soul Oddity aficionado, an early Phoenecian adopter or relative newcomer to the world of Demissions, each oblique sound is composed and perfectly maneuvered to keep your nerve cells firing from start to finish.1 Two-Part Invention For Bodhran & Computer 12:29 2 Nostrum Remedium 8:51 3 Frendano 4:49 4 Seba 5:48 5 Dogness 5:11 6 Aunt Alice 6:11 7 Gesundheit 8:54 8 IV Port 4:31 9 Mushroom Cloud Over Miami 5:54 10 Livelihoods 10:31