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Boomkat Product Review:
'Rites' is the chilling solo debut proper by Sri Lanka-born, Bristol-based composer and sound designer, Paul Jebanasam. It arrives via his own Subtext label - home to a series of bracing recent releases by Emptyset and Roly Porter - to deliver a payload of gothic electro-acoustic composition blending neo-classical, black metal and electronic drone traits with an insoluble, elemental alchemy. It should come as little surprise that he's also been known to handle sound design for film, but 'Rites' is concerned with far loftier, artful ideas as the label's press expounds; "Rites brings together a unified vision of existence projected across human memory, merging the primal impulse of metal, noise and richly textured drone with the tension and emotional narrative of classical composition. The material summons these elements together, evoking a machine of incalculable scale forging a world distinct of time where man's transit and reckonings merge with a vast and unforeseeable purpose. The visible and invisible streaming together into pools of chaos and sanctity, a landscape stalked by the unknown, the human spirit uttering a desolate whisper to the spirit of its ancestors." While perhaps earnestly overblown, it's an undoubtedly impressive feat of dynamic and powerful sound design bound to capture the imagination.