Boomkat Product Review:
Introspective techno nuance from producer and video game developer Zvarra on Shifted’s Avian
Working in similar textured environments to label boss Shifted, Zvarra exerts a personalised slant on the style with ‘Bizzaroland’, their debut album after a couple of self-released singles on Rare Type. No mistaking, it’s one for the niche techno crowd who appreciate the nuance of dynamic over rote formula, primed with iridescent texture and hypnotic repetition that may not come across so well in the rave, but will be recognised for its uniqueness by keener listeners.
Rhythmic structures are exceedingly spare, with the only explicit nods to the ‘floor found in the effortlessly cantering, ghostly pulse of ‘Society’, lurking deep below the surface of ‘Figurine’, and kneaded into the offset bass drum lope of ‘Inside’, while ‘Oracle’ resembles the sound of the workshop after the humans are gone. The album is better considered on its hypnotic feel for space, conjuring immersive environments for the hard-to-please techno fiends between the gauzy organ meditation ‘Bizzorland’, the Kevin Drumm-like sound of metal on metal drown in ‘Prohibited’, and gloaming melancholy of ‘Tired Beetle’, which all perhaps best reflect Zvarra’s background in video game development.