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Swiss-Nepalese club mutator Aïsha Devi’s hyperpop-pitched vox ratchet the urgency of her takes on hard dance, drill, and alien dream-pop in an intense 3rd album with Houndstooth
‘Death is Home’ continues to expand upon themes of nostalgia, provenance, and futurism that have informed all Aïsha Devi’s work since the debut LP ‘Of Matter and Spirit’. Her 3rd album advances a personal philosophy with reflections on her late father, a Nepalese drummer, B.K. Gurung, whom she never met, and traumatic formative experience of isolation and abuse, into a music primed for the club as site of therapy and healing.
The album notably features Kenyan whizz Slikback on its standout number, ‘Dimensional Spl;in’, with tremulous, high-pitched voice over hybrid Kongo Tekno x Drill motifs, amid its jagged topography of trancey rush-ups and pelting rhythm programming. It’s most effective tour lugs on the likes of her electrifying ‘Immortelle’ with its hip-shot laser stabs and guttural drill bass, and lyrically gripping in her revelation of trauma, ‘Lick Your Wounds’, with traces of video game soundtracks and ‘80s synth bombast finely sculpted in the tension of ‘Mind Era’, while ‘Prop[het Club’ hails some of her sharpest hyperpop chops.