Boomkat Product Review:
Cranky cyberpunk rhythm trips from longstanding collaborators Kush Arora & Lucas Patzek aka Only Now & Orogen, for a 2nd round with their pals at the Discrepant label.
Only Now’s ruggedly honed outernational rhythm sensibilities merge with Orogen’s darkside sound design urges in an album of stark and cavernous works, oscillating doomy sludge and more brutally defined rhythms in the model of classic Pan Sonic, Kareem or Muslimgauze.
“Longstanding collaborators and Bay Area-based experimental duo Kush Arora and Lucas Patzek, aka Only Now & Orogen, return with Avuls, the project's sophomore release. Building on the unearthly, black hole transmissions and creaking, exospheric ambience of their self-titled debut, Only Now & Orogen present an abyssal, elemental broadcast from another unchartered extra-terrestrial zone. Remote and astronomical yet tied to a newfound sense of rhythmic structure, Avuls navigates a course through inverted beat-led frameworks, surging detonations of sub-bass, and severely turbulent, monumentally scaled soundscapes. Amidst this large, slow-moving cyclone of sound sit fragmentary emergences of choral voices and Gregorian chants; a distant, esoteric presence within dense eruptions of attritional noise and infinite recesses of low end. In harsh, pointillistic detail and through infernal surround sound, Only Now & Orogen channel dub, noise, and power electronics, evoking a distorted, ritualistic inflection on the Voyager Golden Record; a mass of tectonic motion and friction; a storm in deep space.”