Boomkat Product Review:
Nick Klein’s Psychic Liberation and Maine, USA’s Enmossed joins forces for the EN X PL series, debuting a gloomy, disciplined synth suite by Sweden’s Jin Mustafa and Robin Smeds Mattila
Not Kasabian Drone, as our eyes keep telling us, Karabasan Drane are a drily absorbing, minimalist prospect from Stockholm’s fecund underground. They’ve previously played the likes of Norbergfestival and Herrensauna in Berlin, and now commit mixed media experience in DJing, visual arts, and live music production/performance to their first collaborative album, sounding to our ears like a distant echo of 1991’s ‘Hi Tech Low Life’, Joachim Nordwall’s isolationist industro-dub, or CM Von Hausswolff’s EVP recordings.
Described by the label as “exercising abstention and reduction”, there is something decidedly minimalist monk-like about their recordings, which eschew any form of spectacle in favour of slow-shifting tones and rhythmic structures in a style that highlight their interests in liminality, and the way memory can be channelled through technology. The results should be properly convincing to connoisseurs of electronic isolationism, holding the finest line of icy stoicism between the Lussuria-like churn of ‘Ornamental Wave’, to the empty-belly ambience of ‘Array’, and sound-sensitive timbral intricacies of ‘Serpentine Rift.’