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Prepared piano virtuoso and 0PN collaborator Kelly Moran teams up with power electronics chameleon Prurient on this unexpected, cinematic split. Tears at the end of the world business, connecting the dots between two very different artists.
The story behind this is that Moran and Fernow met while both featuring as part of 0PN's band and immediately bonded over their love of experimental piano music. Moran has long championed the influence of John Cage on her synapse-popping prepared piano experiments and Fernow chopped up Erik Satie jammers on his early Prurient tapes, so the two hit it off and ended up touring together with Merzbow, naturally.
"Chain Reaction at Dusk" juxtaposes two very different compositional approaches. Kelly Moran's side explores her trippy cinematic leanings - heard peeking out from 2018's restrained "Ultraviolet" - melting metallic piano chimes into a bed of glimmering synth arpeggios. Fernow's contributions are expectedly darker, but also make use of similar instrumentation, with distant vocals cracking over analog synth trances recorded at Shifted's Berlin studio.
The split's press release describes the split as "the meeting of psychedelia and anxiety disorder" and we can't disagree. Panic attack acid soundtracks just in time for the apocalypse.