Boomkat Product Review:
Expert-level mood music and dancehall re-shaping from two of Shanghai’s most consistently fwd sound designers 33EMYBW & Gooooose, screwing individually honed components into an airy set of precise and often deadly rhythms that bridge the gap between the asymmetric madness of Equiknoxx, Tapes’ slow dancehall and Beatrice Dillon’s angular art. Seriously impressive gear!
After twisting the club in knots with respective, acclaimed runs of solo gear at the back end of the last decade, 33EMYBW & Gooooose make an ideal duo in ‘Trans-Aeon Express’; their augmented soundtrack to an installation of the same name. Conceived and presented by visual artist Weirdcore (best known for his work with Aphex Twin and The Caretaker) ‘Orient Flux’ at SKP-S in Beijing, the exhibition was structured around forming a “train station from the future”, soundtracked by 33EMYBW & Gooooose. ‘Trans-Aeon Express’ augments the duo’s original music with new works inspired by and sampling from the exhibition, to extend its speculative art with a richly imaginative thrust and some of their most impressive, holistic and holographic recordings.
Notably shy of the inventively frenetic arrangements that drew acclaim to their works the last few years, the seven parts of ‘Trans-Aeon Express’ harness jazz, computer game sound design, avant-dancehall and aspects of classical ambient to their will for a beguiling session. ’Selector’ opens the set like an early Squarepusher zinger, all clipped-amens, quizzical chords and fizzing jazz breaks, before the story bends between hyaline sound design recalling Nozomu Matsumoto on ‘From Stellar Maze to Infinity’, and tweaks into what sounds like Slikback jamming with Kenji Kawai in ‘Macrocosmic’, with the arpeggiated turbulence of ‘TAE’ giving way to sublime design of ‘Dimensional Horizon’ and finds the future lounge jazz of ‘Through’.
It’s one of the least frenetic and ultimately most stunning things we’ve heard from the SVBKVLT crew in a hot minute, and not what we were expecting at all. Bravo!