Boomkat Product Review:
Words can barely do justice to this truly outstanding second release for The Notwist's new label projct, Alien Transistor. Chronomad is the alias for Turkish born artist Saam Schlamminger, a master of ancient eastern percussive instruments such as the Persian Zarb and Daf - on record he adds electronic enhancement and processing in a similar way to how Zeena Parkins crushes boundaries when she plays the the harp, for Tzadik and Bjork amongst others. Support comes from Markus and Micha Acher with Guido Hieronymous (additional programming, keyboards and sampler). 'Sard' kicks things off deep as you like, a modally-tuned, electronic jazz- soaked gem with hard but spacious eastern percussion drops, subtle electronic processing and found sound vocals - incredible and very moving. On 'Sabs' the percussive flow almost touches bangrah, again spacious modal piano keys drop, melodic patches drifting forward while haunting vocals seep into the mix - shocking. 'Sefid' shifts the tempo up with filtered elements, bringing in pitched indian strings and added layers of mini percussion. Add moog solos in the style of Alice Coltrane's cover of 'A Love Supreme' and an approach one part Tied & Tickled Trio and one part Four Tet. This track should be huge. Finally there's 'Siah', where the percussion is wrapped in static and the low end plays a hefty! part. Crisp dub styled with echoic percussion and bass to split speaker cones. Much filtering, cutting up and depth charge sound drops complete the picture. Seriously brilliant, do not miss.