Texture from Weaponizer released an EP last week, the first of a trilogy. They’re apparently all going to be named after neurological disorder. This 4 song digital EP deems itself as:
–noun. Pathology. The loss of a previously held ability to speak or understand spoken or written language, due to disease or injury of the brain.
Aphasia starts with a patient, steady track that pushes the mind to floating spaces. Cyberpunk/chopped lyrics and droning musicality present themselves over an ambiance of paranoid futurism. There’s really nothing happy about it, and that can be a good thing. “Distance”, and the entire album really, measures itself against the listeners wandering mind. This is especially true with the unbelievable instrumental tracks on this album, starting with track 2, “Vilnius Colony” (which, surely, reminds me of my ex co-worker from Lithuania). The song builds steadily, adding little piece after piece like a skyscraper, until it reaches a crescendo that climaxes into the clouds. There’s scratching, guitars, electronics, and artibeats that work very well together. The falling action — or denouement; if Dwyer-French taught me anything — caps off “Vilnius Colony” well. “Impact” features a guy dubbed Harlequinade, who sounds whacked out of his mind insane. The horns of the track come straight out of “The Maltese Falcon”; Sam Spade would be proud. They’re basically looped over a beat (with a bit of reverb). This track’s a bit more of a head-nodder, but still features that “ambiance” I spoke of. The end track is another instrumental, “Ram Dass”. There’s a bit of a Thom Yorke solo shit weaving in and out: the quick and almost constant beeps and clicks, the lack of your standard artibeats. But it’s certainly unique (I can’t even really imagine Yorke’s voice over it), and the echoey samples of the “psychedelic experience” give it a great dimension beyond “second instrumental track”.
This stuff’s FREE, so if you’re curious you have absolutely NO excuse not to check it out. Linkage: