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‘All You Can Hold In The Falling’ is an immersive chronicle of comedowns split between Italian artists Dave Saved and NPLGNN for the Athens-based Hypermedium; home to EVOL, Siete Catorce and Audioboyz...
Following their early hauntological investigations ‘Eternal Flame’ and ‘In Your Cities, What About Feelings?’ on two tapes with Forever Now, Dave Saved and NPLGNN pair again for a more tortuous and visceral simulacra of sensations associated with rave burnout, variously referencing DJ Screw, The Caretaker, and Mark Leckey’s collaged soundtracks in two extended works.
As the old adage dictates, what goes up must come down. ‘All You Can Hold In The Falling’ acknowledges this inevitability, taking inspiration from the serotonin-depleted days after the rave when exhausted synapses are misfiring and feelings become scrambled, upended, confused and short-circuited.
On the A-side’s ‘Empty Blooms Still Withering’, Dave Saved wrestles with tape techniques in a sequence of mulched events, with warped samples resembling half-remembered flashbacks and swilled in ultra slow motion, like DJ Screw with too much drank in his cup, or The Caretaker after a snifter too far. However, the dankness and smudge is tempered with pangs of lushness, as Saved proceeds to scrape the inside of his seshed-out skull and parse the spectrum of its accreted feels.
NPLGNN’s B-side piece ‘Empathic New Utopia’ contrasts with a droning, almost static, steeply introspective arrangement intended as a call to action and unity in the face of chaos and unpredictability. Revolving the idea that, “The dystopia in which we are living has canceled the utopian dream by crushing people into the present. The frustration has reduced the ability to feel compassion, to act empathically”, NPLGNN conjures a strikingly isolationist sound shot thru with elusive voices and stammering recursive shudders, like souls crying out into the ether but truncated, stifled in mid air.