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Georgian artist Natalia "TBA" Beridze's first album since 2016's "Guliagava" is a murky, minimalist joyride into android-techno backrooms and malfunctioning holographic vistas.
'Mapping Debris' is a masterclass in doomy sound design, taking cues from dystopian movie soundtracks, minimal techno, fwd-thinking pop, classical music, ambient and avant-garde noise. If that sounds like a lot to take in, just flick through the album for a moment - Beridze treats genre like a radio dial, flicking through ideas with ease and dissolving everything in a glitchy, radioactive fog.
The album begins slowly with the stark 'Mapping Debris I', that loops echoing vocals over walloping subs and wonky prepared piano hits. The album picks up the pace with 'Be Airborn', a wide-open Pan Sonic-influenced minimal burner that nods to Beridze's iconic early work with the Max Ernst label. From here, things really open up, with the cheery orchestral ambient pop of 'Mapping Debris III (West Thumb)' and the mind-altering sonic psychedelica of 'Mapping Debris (David Eight)', that sounds like SOPHIE rewiring Antony and the Johnsons.