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Modern Obscure Music boss Pedro Vian teams up with Hyperdub alum Danielle Mana (fka Vaghe Stelle) for a gorgeous beatless session that's influenced by nature's relationship with technology, and Dante's Inferno.
Danielle Mana's Hyperdub albums are a couple of the label's most underrated plates, so it's nice to see him pop up again undeterred. On "Cascades" he's accompanied by Spanish producer Pedro Vian, the duo recorded the album during a three-day studio session in Turin last winter. The climate provided a not-so-subtle guiding force for the chilly (mostly) ambient material, as did Soma's LYRA-8, an analog synthesizer that's driven by principles that lie at the base of living organisms with their unperdictable and ever-evolving qualities.
The duo envisioned "Cascades" as a conversation between nature and technology, pulsing into unstable synth pads, frosty samples, and dissociated vocals. It's that vocal material that's got us most gagged - the early tracks like the Cluster-inspired 'Cascades IV' are smart, but 'Cascades VII' takes things to another level entirely, playing woozy mutterings against nauseous electronics and fuzzy, cassette-fucked noise. On 'Cascades IIX' (or 'Cascades VIII' if you know how to print Roman numerals), the processing capsizes the voices completely, losing them in gargling k-hole stutters and seismic low-end rumbles.