Last year Mark Barrott’s Sketches From an Island managed to forcibly wedge open a portal to warmer universes and simpler pleasures. At least for those of us stuck on islands with intemperate climates. As we emerge spluttering out of winter Mr. Barrott returns with another distillation of pure, crystalline vitamin D.
Saviours or Savages starts all gamelan polyrhythms — if the gamelan was constructed entirely for pads and synths. Which is delightful in its own right of course but nothing compared to the huge synth washes and string stabs that soon impose themselves on the track. As if the forest was at once impossibly dense and lit entirely in pastel neon. A blue and pink vista stretching out like Miami in the Amazon. If (crazy fascist) Henry Ford’s Fordlândia had taken root in Brazil and birthed a South American Detroit, this is its Techno.
This is taken from Mark Barrott’s new 12″ on his label International Feel. It’s out on April 27th from all quality purveyors of music.
Speaking of Detroit…
MyStEr EEZ has brought us lovely tape distorted Detroit sounds, beamed straight from Cybertron to Berlin. Where Mark Barrott fuses the forest and the night, MyStEr EEZ takes the radar pings of a city at 4am and reflects them back onto themselves until he has constructed a cathedral of isolated sound. An cold, dark, complex isolation that ironically draws all who hear it into its pulsating 4/4 heart. Like a venus fly trap of Techno.
No buying info for this one. It exists purely on our collective hard drives and hearts. You can hear various related things at the GOD69 Soundcloud.