Boomkat Product Review:
Berlin-based Alie illustrates selections from the Ashtavakra Gita with a sprawling excursion of narration-infused ambient and pointed club music selections on a fine primer for Enmossed, highly recommended if yr into anything from Perila to Nozomu Matsumoto.
‘Whole’ is Alie’s considered effort in modelling the 2500 year old Ashtavakra Gita, or Song of Ashtavakra, with a signature, broad electronic palette. The 70 minute work sees Alie placing a sumptuous range of textured, spatialized electronics at the service of describing an ancient story for the times. Where the original book is structured around 20 chapters, ‘Whole’ feels to move in as many parts as its arrangement shapeshifts from meditative to gently ecstatic via a first side of sixth sense-guided tones and vocals recalling Nozomu Matsumoto’s text-to-speech works mixed with Perila’s warped sensuality, before the other side elegantly spirals from spongiform new age electro-dub to baggy ambient house swagger and deep space techno in effortlessly fluid form that speaks to their background as a consummate DJ