Boomkat Product Review:
Robert Witschakowski takes a break from rewiring the rules of electro with his prolific The Exaltics project to deliver the eerie soundtrack album, ‘Acanthosaura’.
"Working with Nico Jagiella - with whom he co-runs the Solar One label - the pair have created the soundtrack for a world of flickering shadows, dark ambient textures and ominous bass tones. It’s the first Crotaphytus release in six years and according to Witschakowski, a project stemming from his love of reptiles and movie soundtracks. Like previous Crotaphytus releases on Solar One, ‘Acanthosaura’ is a deeply atmospheric affair.
With each track title a reference to different types of lizards, from the death-paced drums of “Cyclura Cornuta” to the slow-motion ebm-disco groove of “Xenosaurus Platyceps” and the murderous subs of “Caiman Latirostris”. In between, the dark ambient passages of “Conolophus Subcristatus” and “Amblyrhynchus Cristatus” as well as nods to The Exaltics’ spaced out electro in “Iguana Delicatissima”.
‘Acanthosaura’ is the first Crotaphytus release on Further, but not the last. “I’m really happy how it came together. It’s growing into a very interesting project and with all this atmospheric ambient it fits very well with Further. I would work with them anytime again,” says Rob. In the meantime, listen to Crotaphytus scale the heights with the dark ambient masterpiece, ‘Acanthosaura’.”