Switched On – теплота – Skynned (Accidental Meetings)

by Ben Hogwood

What’s the story?

теплота is the London-based duo of Grundik Kasyansky & Tom Wheatley. In their biography they are described as ‘half techno, half free jazz’ – and goes into a bit more detail on how they use ‘feedback synthesizer and computer-acoustic bass’, and ‘fuse a spontaneous interplay orthogonally over cyclical structures, with techno as perpetual fulcrum’.

What’s the music like?

A coiled spring – Skynned has a good deal of energy, but often keeps it confined in tight musical spaces. Often it feels like the musical equivalent of a lithograph drawing in musical form, darkly shaded and executed.

First track Isolator is fidgety, beset by repetitive and glitchy noises, while Motus Haru has a more regular profile. The track Cycle appears in two versions – the first nervy, and a bit unsettled, showing its mechanical workings, while the second carries more dramatic weight. Sling strains at the edges, a treble line trying to break free but ultimately constricted, while there are brief snatches of woozy fairground rides that drift into view in the intriguing and distracted visions of Yagi. Apical, a substantial track, sends transmission codes through bass drum and monotone treble.

Does it all work?

It does – though the moody soundscapes and glitchy musical figures make for claustrophobic listening at times.

Is it recommended?

It is. There are some imaginative and detailed sound pictures here, often presented in the form of fever dreams. Occasionally unsettling, but always intriguing.

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