Soothsayer :: The Future Presence of the Past EP (The Crime League)

Densely produced electronica with some interesting sonic flair.

Let it never be said that IDM isn’t a global endeavor. In this three-track EP, Toronto-based Crime League releases a collaboration between Rentip from Prague and Romanian-Canadian Dan Handrabur. The result is densely produced electronica with some interesting sonic flair. The opener “Fortune Free” moves through several stages, adding start-stop beats and vocalization with vaguely Middle-Eastern tonality to growling bass and a slashing, distorted melodic lead. The track concludes with an ambient runout and a glitched-up sample intoning “WE ARE SOOTHSAYERS.” Nice.

“Ineffable Glyph” extends the format with a complex maze of churning percussion and bell-like chimes as backdrop, led by squelchy analogue synths. The beat drops out halfway through, leading to a pleasant, if somewhat unfocused, ethno-ambient break.

To close out the release “Rugiisphor Secula” is the simplest track sonically, and therefore the most cohesive. It’s a pounding wave of techno drumming with a space-synth line on top, and aside from a My Life in the Bush of Ghosts style Arabic vocal sample, very little else. It works remarkably well, especially in the context of the video (linked below).

Hopefully future collaboration will produce additional output between these two producers; in the meantime The Future Presence of the Past is available for a measly $3 (Canadian) and seems well worth your time.

The Future Presence of the Past is available on The Crime League.

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