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Viennese female duo Rashim (aka Gina Hell and Yasmina Haddad) state their initial intentions for this album as bringing the work Iannis Xenakis and techno together on record. By their own admission the album turned out altogether differently. To these ears, Suns.Shadows is a rather pleasing foray into experimental acoustic-electronica. The opening two tracks, ‘Lost’ and ‘Kunstkomplex’ encapsulate this perfectly. Taking snippets of drums, cello and other live sounds, the duo construct tricky sliced-up rhythms. The choppy vocals in the later tracks are reminiscent of agf or perhaps the more abstracted elements of Midaircondo’s Shopping For Images album, adding a sense of teutonic, avant-pop aloofness. Just when you’re starting to think Suns.Shadows is resolutely dry in its electronica futurism, the album comes to a close with a knowingly dreadful rendition of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’. The out of sync doubled-up vocals trundle along with a charming ineptitude.