Sone Urbia :: Theros (Helikon)

Two tracks of blackened industrial ambience, tarred techno smeared with soot. Alienating and undeniably estranging, Sone Urbia’s music seeks the negative side of the spectrum.

The world we live in is changing. A statement that is being bandied about a lot at the minute. Trump. Brexit. The rise of the right. The western world is changing. Appetites and opinions have shifted, perhaps forever. Political commentators have been very vocal on the matter, the media even more so. But what about music? Helikon Records is the new sister label of Lower Parts, an imprint that seeks to a “soundtrack of our dark future that we living in.”

Sone Urbia are the first act to deliver this “soundtrack,” and it certainly is a dark one. Theros; two tracks of blackened industrial ambience, tarred techno smeared with soot. The pair are untitled, both having been cut from the same heavily inked cloth. Static seethes through speakers in A1. Thump takes on a fearful tribalism, rhythms supporting a wraith-like modular melody. Those ghostly sounds become all encompassing in the flip. Haunting sounds are dipped in a liquor of distortion, distant pipes, bending bars for a track that is truly unsettling.

Sone Urbia is like nothing released on Lower Parts. Alienating and undeniably estranging, their music seeks the negative side of the spectrum. Despite this trawling of the murky depths, this plumbing of the profane, there is the hint of something less “dark” in this debut. Our future is uncertain, and it is that uncertain murkiness Helikon explores.

Sone Urbia is available on Helikon.

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