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Rakhi Singh's debut EP follows collabs with Vessel and MCR's own Blackhaine, and charts love and loss with soaring strings and acidic electronics. One for fans of Hildur Guðnadóttir, Mica Levi or Juliana Barwick.
'Quarry' is a short release, but illustrates violinist and composer Singh's sensitivity and skill without the need for fireworks. She's the co-founder of the Manchester Collective and has performed with Philip Glass, Björk and others, so this EP is her chance to map out her own emotional universe.
Opening track 'Khuda'i (Excavation)' is an unsettling collision of violin tones and anxious electronics that sounds as nailbiting as Hildur Guðnadóttir's ace "Chernobyl" OST, but 'Dhūṛa' immediately changes the pace. Using choppy edits, white noise blasts and ghostly vocals, Singh dips into more alien territory that reminds of Mica Levi's "Under The Skin" score.
Singh's vocals appear again on closing track 'For Giri (Nüss)', swirling around staccato strings and cloudy drones. Disarming, reality fluxing material.