Cathode Ray Tube :: The Frozen Years EP (Condition:Human)

The Frozen Years manipulates and unfurls a sonic myriad of sound—its distilled and disturbed frequency jolts more relaxed, CRT continues with his own imprint perhaps hinting at what’s to come.

Reportedly between albums, this extended player sees Charles Terhune (aka Cathode Ray Tube) migrate into more metallic chemical streams and smoothened IDM fragments. Where previously musical realms were punctuated by dub, bass, grit, and industrial shards, The Frozen Years dives into electrical hypnosis, with low-end rationing. Take the elongated seven-minute sojourn of “Fresh Money Stacks,” its ebb and flow between distilled bleeps, and subdued percussive bits is contained dreamlike euphoria. A return to form, “Clay Hearts” reaps the benefits of a more aggressive post-industrial workout—its acidic clicks evolve into an emotional surge for all senses, a fluid constellation of beautiful noise. “Dormant Alchemy” also delivers emotive piano keys alongside beat clusters that slide through the subconscious. As a downbeat void in space, the guitar elements and dubbier side of “The Unkind Rewind” echoes and eschews explosive instrumental bliss. The Frozen Years manipulates and unfurls a sonic myriad of sound—its distilled and disturbed frequency jolts more relaxed, CRT continues with his own imprint perhaps hinting at what’s to come.

The Frozen Years is available on Condition:Human.

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