Boomkat Product Review:
Risil is a supergroup and a half, featuring Prefuse 73 (aka Guillermo Herren), Zach Hill (hella), Tyondai Braxton (Battles), John McEntire (Tortoise), Alejandra Deheza (School Of Seven Bells) and Eva Puyuelo Muns (Savath & Savalas). Apparently, the line-up extends beyond this starry assemblage however, and further volumes in the Risil saga shall involve different sets of players. There's plenty to be getting on with here though: fusing in-depth electronic wizardry with the musicianship of artists like Chicago legend McEntire and Hella drummer Zach Hill makes for quite a combo, and although the music here is often freeform and challenging, pieces like 'Better Run' - featuring electronically warped choral layers and deep, bristling production layers - inevitably draw you into their realm of digital psychedelia. There are plenty of highlights: there's the elegiac tonal sculpting and vocal harmonising of 'There Has To Be', the Fennesz-like 'Open Rendering' is exquisite, and the sheer quality of electroacoustic sound processing on 'Oxygen Path' would be enough to win over most audiences, but throw into the bargain an outbreak of explosive polyrhythmic drumming and Risil are really onto a winner.