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ARTIST
TITLE
Scrypt
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
THR 132CD THR 132CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/9/2003

"Lithops is the solo outlet of Jan St. Werner from the Cologne based Mouse on Mars. Scrypt begins by extending its relentless sound to more consistent -- yet bizarre -- sound configurations and even greater compositional extremity. Scrypt creates a roadmap along which the music evolves towards structured examples of a multi-linear paradigm. The route itself runs in parallel within the music; every scriptable motion is matched by a layered countermotion across the duration of the pieces. Minute edits of off-time slamming grain sounds, feedback tips, guitar bursts and bass flange accelerations conspire with harmonic distortions, burbling forth melodic eccentricities and sudden harmonic changes, occasionally introducing brass arrangements. Blast-punctured streams of organ chord changes spell out melodies, while sub-style attacking bass concludes and infects the structure of the tracks. Drums are intercut to create shuddering explosions of precise deconstruction. Each piece has its own circuit board floor plan, allowing a high degree of listenability. Lithops' lowed down grind core improv derivatives spit out non linear rhythm ms, immediately unravelling the predictability of the usual speed metal and free jazz exercises with which they might be compared."