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Editions Mego supergroup Innode tear through Krautrock forms with surgical precision, coming off like a siesmic collision of Radian and Alva Noto.
'Syn' is the second album from Innode, a project originally intended as a solo venture for Austrian veteran Stefan Németh. Now it's been expanded to include innovative experimental percussionists Steven Hess and Bernhard Breuer, whose rhythmic duels work as the album's foundation. Both drummers appeared on Németh's Innode debut (2013's "Gridshifter") but here they're a central facet, focusing each track to allow Németh to build a noisy, but razor sharp, backdrop of crackles, whines and glitches.
There are similarities that could be traced to Austrian band Radian - who Németh performed and recorded with early on in their career - but here Innode travel more pointedly into darker spaces. Guided by the kind of icy electronic minimalism that Raster Noton were pushing until they splintered, the album is as propulsive as Kangding Ray but with an organic drive that ties it to Tortoise and the wider Chicago post-rock canon. It's gloriously abstract stuff, without distracting riffs or melodies to divert your attention from texture, pulse and atmosphere.