AETHEK//1991 VG// RENRAKU
BUY LINKS // https://renraku.bandcamp.com/album/1991-vg https://www.beatport.com/release/1991-vg/1932437
In case you happened to miss the emergence of Aethek as a project, here’s a small wrap up for you. First of all, it’s an alter ego of a mastermind that is Billain. It all started back in 2011, when Aethek’s soundcloud was created and we’ve seen two demo tracks uploaded – “Heavenly Body” and “Vertebrae”. The latter played a huge role much later on, as it was the first track to ever be released under this alias. “Vertebrae” came out as a part of groundbreaking compilation “Monoleth” on MethLab in the end of 2016. While you can clearly hear Billain’s traces in this track, in its core it is completely different, going way beyond the established boundaries. And that’s what Aethek is all about. You shouldn’t expect music that’s easy to digest, these otherworldly works require all of your attention and devotion in order to be consumed by your mind in a way it’s been designed to.So far “Vertebrae” was the only thing we had to work with and it clearly wasn’t enough to understand what should we expect from this project. Luckily, that is about to change, as a debut EP that goes by the name of “1991 VG” is about to release on 24th of January on a breakthrough forward-thinking label Renraku. You can also expect to see an interview with the man himself here soon enough, in which we’ll have a peek behind the curtains and get to know, why did it take so long to get the project started and what we should expect next. And now, let’s take a deep breath and leap into the unknown.It’s worth mentioning that this is not the kind of music you can click through and get the idea. You either fully immerse yourself in it or leave it till you’re able to do so. That being said, let’s start off with “Travelling Stone”. From the very beginning you feel the scope of what’s to come, while the soundscape drives you forward. There are more details than you can even comprehend, but subconsciously you catch each and every one of them. The ambience surrounds you and soon everything else around you slowly fades away, as Aethek takes you from our world into a world of his own, where you are just a mere observer. Suddenly, a powerful synth tears through everything else and crawls to you from all the directions at once. With its rich texture and ever shapeshifting edges, it is omnipresent in this universe. You get your first taste of kick drums, each one of them feeling like a supernova exploding thousands light years away from you. This deep sounding impact is all that’s left from the distant stars. They are joined by contrasting snares, which feel artificial, born out of technology compared to the kicks, which are the sounds of nature’s justice. The chorus hits in, only reinforcing the feeling, that no matter what horrendous events are taking place here - they are of universal scale. The track progresses and the elements constantly intertwine, creating an anthem to the world’s end, beautiful and terrifying at the same moment. In your last minute of your journey, you’re leaving this universe or else you’ll become one of the void and the only sounds coming to you are mere echoes of what they used to be.“Prefecture”, on the other hand, is not about the fate of an entire universe, it is not a story of epic proportions. It’s about you and the vast nothingness of space. You’re alone in your space shuttle and the only motion that catches your eye are myriads of stars going from one side to another in ever-changing patterns as viewed from your illuminator. While travelling from point A to point B with hours to waste doing nothing, as your shuttle slowly drifts through galaxies, you’ve grown progressively bored of this sight. Yet, this time, you can’t stop yourself from watching the stars go by. It’s not like you didn’t know, how distant or huge they are or how infinitely small and unimportant you are when compared with them. It’s just that the realization of this fact hit you harder than ever, yet it doesn’t scare you, instead, you are mesmerized by it. Yes, you cannot hear anything in outer space, but somehow you just start to hear noises and sounds the deeper into the infinity you stare. They become more and more distinct and at one moment you feel in tune with the heartbeat of the universe. Then it feels as if the stars themselves started singing this wonderful melody to you. You lose track of time and there’s no one around to check if you’re still sane or not.Last, we have “XOMOX”, the most daring of the three. It is a showcase of Aethek’s next level sound design, but what is the most stunning about this one, is how he implements it. Being capable of doing some really impressive sound design is a challenge in and on itself, but using it in music in a way that won’t make the listener bored and completely lost after 40 seconds requires exceptional skill and talent. The use of such a powerful tool must be justified and it should never be used just for the sake of using it. In this case it’s the entire story of something animate emerging from nothing. Sooner or later in some random place in the universe the entropy reaches the level so high, emptiness strives to become something it isn’t. You hear the matter randomly trying to create something more complex. Some of this attempts are of no use or meaning, some work out just fine and the process continues. Out of thousands of completely random combinations some are suitable more than other, and by this complete random process something that makes sense starts to break through. Billions of those combinations later you get what essentially is a living creature. Its evolution is not powered by the unknown forces anymore; it evolves as a direct result of its willing to do so. Something that used to make no sense becomes coherent and cohesive. Patterns emerge, the stable connections multiply, self-sustainability is clearly present. The slow transition from chaos to order takes place and when this transition is finally completed, you hear this creature finding harmony with its surroundings.This EP allows your imagination to paint pictures you’ve never thought it was capable of and that is an achievement. A lot has been done in music and sometimes it feels like creating something new is nigh impossible, but if this isn’t the proof that it can be done, then what is?It would be unfair not to mention the artists behind the brilliant cover art for this release. Funilab and Gabriele Brombin came up with something which perfectly supplements the music.