Derelicht , who impressed us with their debut sampler, are on the verge of releasing their second EP, and we’ve been lucky enough to get hold of the audio. As with their initial sampler, this release encompasses audio, remixes and visuals, all tied together in a big, multi-disciplinary knot.
The track that forms the heart of the EP is Padre’s ‘Chasing Mirrors’ – a well designed piece of sparse electronica, driven by guest-vocalist Jova’s Semyon Bychkov inspired monologue (Bychkov being a soviet-born composer, now an American national). There’s a lot of to the EP that ties together nicely – the monologue in conjunction with the soundscape, the accompanying video (which we haven’t seen yet) tying in Japanese bondage to the backstory (pun intended).
Continuing in the establishing Derelicht trend, the EP contains a mix of instantly accessible material and more abstract tracks. The Lakker remix takes a good minute of score-esque sound design to hit a beat, while the Tryll remix relies on messy saturation and clever percussion to drive the track, barely touching a melody and eschewing the vocal entirely.
The Christian Löffler remix offers a more immediately attractive alternative, and is the pick of the bunch for me. With the monologue broken down, detuned and reconstructed into something more abstract, a repeated vocal sample forms a base layer for the warm melodies to interact with.
The variety of styles on display attest to Derelicht’s commitment to full artist control, and a view of the EP as a piece of art. As the label gains momentum, here’s hoping the releases hit vinyl at some point; it seems they would work really well as limited-run records, but for now content yourself with the digital audio, available April 13th.