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Gorgeous debut EP here from Nexciya that sounds like an old Fennesz record being sent across an empty universe over a dial-up connection. Lo-fi in the best possible way.
Recorded over the last couple of years in London, Paris and his family home in Normandy, "Crawl" is Nexciya's attempt to map out "modern anxiety" in sound. So for something so hinged on the human condition, it's unusually alien-sounding - comprised of cut-and-paste digital synth stabs, fuzzy harmonic monoliths and distant granular clouds of drone. It's almost like a science fiction take on MBV-era shoegaze at times, and at others sounds more like "Marble Surf"-era James Ferraro, basking in its self-consciously lo-fi filth to enhance its unexpected beauty.
It's a short set, but seriously we're appreciating that it leaves us thirsting for more rather than take the usual contemporary route of spinning everything out into a seven album opus. As a debut, it establishes a clear voice for Nexciya, and we can't wait to hear where he might go next. Fans of The Caretaker, Fennesz or William Basinski should take a closer look.