Boomkat Product Review:
Actors Artificial’s debut venture of panoramic rock explorations for Rome’s Superpang, produced by pivotal Constellation player Roger Tellier-Craig.
It’s experimental rock at heart, charged with a human energy, but effectively rendered in a sort of post-human space and aesthetic where the attack and strike of drums are left shredding air in glistening contrails and the guitars are made plasmic, smeared over widescreen scenes in durational frames that hark to the band’s common roots in Constellation’s post rock agenda. In ‘Immaterial transience looming in material debris’ the appeal is more epic, plangent, and passionate, but ‘Agency of Acoustic and Amplifiers as Artefacts’ feels more apocalyptic with the entrance of banking Gregorian-like choral samples and shearing, coruscating guitar feedback sculpture weft into the mix to recall Swans and their Yellow goslings.
Admired for his texturally ravishing solo works with Where To Now?, Root Strata and Second Editions in recent years, and with previous form in Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am, and Set Fire To Flames, producer Roger Tellier-Craig lends a certain stature to the project, rendering fellow Canadian scene regulars Samuel Bobony (drums), Dominic Jasmin (guitar, electronics), and composer Jonathan Parent (guitar, feedback, filters) aka Actors Artificial at their most expansive.