11 Dec 2014 — Evelyn Malinowski
The young Proto Sites imprint will leave an impression on you with this split EP comprised of delicious sounds by Imre Kiss (Lobster Theremin, Budapest-based) and Casi Cada Minuto (Exitab, Bratislava).
Casi's windy environment is at once recognizable for bearing structural similarities to Pete Namlook, FSOL, and Opal Tapes' 1991 to mention a few. "In Vain" is a wailing, teeth-clenching movement reminiscent of Rafael Anton Irisarri, however comparatively more directional. Opening track "Intonarumori" rings and whistles while a slow and somewhat auspicious low end stomps around in a clear late summer night sky, making us think of NASA's recent gift to sound purists and science nerds alike. Steadily, stretched synth enters the track to call back to the other end of the sonic spectrum before washing it all away.
After about 20 minutes of growing acquainted to such aural cultivation, Imre Kiss' "Untitled (XLB)" begins. At first continuing the paddy sheen found throughout Casi's side, the beat soon takes your breath away, like a cool breeze after sitting in a sauna for a sufficient amount of time. After letting it do its thing, it becomes quite apparent that this track is the jam: catchy, gorgeous, and unhurriedly riveting. "Urizen," a powerful reference to Blakean mythology, features S Olbricht, another Opal Tapes and Lobster Theremin traversing name. "Urizen" is a distorted lo-fi-gasm complete with driven, saddening melodic palpitations, which perhaps do the fantastical god of reason and law some kind of justice. Imre released a video to promote the split and compliment this track's strange majesty:
Lo-fi hissing continues through "Dis Slo," which is my favorite on the EP, apart from Casi's "In Vain." Yes, I love cadence of a certain pace and praise it often as I come across it. This track possesses a Rainer Veil-esque march: it's a steady, wavering synth build that can make you feel like something is about to explode. When the track detonates, we're given lamenting vocal samples. The beat breaks and the vocal loops persist to serve as a type of chorus before the cymbals snip back in to wrap it all up. Conclusively, we're left with an isolated refrain that sings its poignancy without staying too long.
While we're really excited to have more Imre Kiss on NFOP, and we're equally as thrilled to better involve the talented Casi Cada Minuto, we can promise that this Proto Sites split is unlike what you've heard from either artist before. It's exactly what you wanted for Christmas?
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