Boomkat Product Review:
Tokyo-based duo Honami Higuchi and Raphael Leray pen a short but detailed story of otherness in the contemporary dystopia on "Noumenal Eggs", a clattering FM-powered set of mutated contemporary electronics for fans of SOPHIE, Coil, Autechre and Amnesia Scanner. Features a remix from Ziúr.
Back in 2019, Japanese choreographer Honami teamed up with French expat producer Leray to assemble an hour-long performance that confronted Honami's personal story of sexual violence and her subsequent brush with the sex industry. The duo distilled that show into a 20-minute movie and soundtrack, and 'Noumenal Eggs' is the follow-up, this time exploring the idea of the body as a capitalist resource in the contemporary economy, drawing on work from Reza Negarestani and Mark Fisher. Sonically, the record is daring and positioned with both eyes facing starward; Leray's FM and wavetable expressionism is ideally matched by Honami's fragmented words and throaty shrieks, rubbing unsettlingly against robotic crunches and razor-sharp synths.
Mixed by Subtext boss and one half of Emptyset James Ginzburg, "Noumenal Eggs" sounds fully high-end, scraping thru its futuristic 4D world with ASMR-powered grace. On 'Disembodiment', rapid-fire percussion sounds like ratcheting engines re-imagined using machine code, and Honami's manipulated groans fall into an android space, mimicking AFX's alluring 'Windowlicker' hums. On the title track, Leray and Honami abstract their sound even more, losing all sense of structure in a hiccuping electrical storm of pinprick percussion and broken beatbox pulses; here Honami's vocals reach a psychosexual peak, flitting between pleasure-pain moans and alluring dream-pop coos. There's even a moment of rhythmic coherence with 'Chronosis', where Leray lets his industrial sound library coalesce into beating electroid funk.
Berlin's Ziúr finishes the EP in fine style with a typically unique redux of 'Disembodiment', pulling apart the original and ramping up the industrial qualities. The end result is a track that sounds like Coil being dragged through an empty factory after someone's accidentally summoned the Cenobites. Horrifying stuff, in the best possible way.