Boomkat Product Review:
More fantastical, kaleidoscopic anti-genre business from the ridiculously on-point STROOM stable. This time Berlin-MCR duo Dalia Neis and Enir Da (Fith) refract grimy fairytale folk and odd-world trip-hop poetry thru electro-prog prisms. One for the Finders Keepers, Czech New Wave movie soundtracks, Broadcast and The Focus Group, Leila and Muslimgauze crews - basically, well good.
It shouldn't be surprising that a cine-literate duo are able to come up with music that doesn't just sound like an "imaginary soundtrack", but a completely intact and startlingly unique cinematic universe. Neis is an academic, writer and filmmaker as well as a sound artist, and she's been working with Enir Da on material for some time before they recast themselves as Dali Muru & The Polyphonic Swarm. Now they're able to completely realize their ambitions, balancing lysergic atmospheres of delicate electronics, dusted rhythms and charmed samples against Neis's assured, hyper-visual poems.
Basically, it sounds like a scrapbook assembled from a lot of ingredients we love - distant Czech new wave flutes, fuzzy "Courtesy of Choice"-era Leila keys, blistered 'n jerky Dijit-like beatbox shuffles - bound by confident stories and free-floating themes. Neis remembers a road trip across the Danube to the Carpathians, and the duo conjure soundscapes to bring this journey, whether fictional or real, to life. Eastern European folk sounds and reverberating vocal snippets suggest a dream state, while lurching beats phase us gently into a more contemporary reality.
We're anticipating a glut of hi-fantasy, Medieval-inspired, Jan Švankmajer-esque fairytale recordings in the next few months. Ignore the wave though, this is the one you need.