Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I
In the vast world of electronic music, where sounds, signifiers and gestures are recontextualized to a numbing degree, it is increasingly rare and refreshing to encounter a release as perspective-distorting as the debut full-length release by Rashad Becker. The album is a masterpiece of focused, non-referential electronic environments. It is both warm, alien, paranoid and exhilarating. Sounds are stretched in the most unusual manner, foreign bodies are frequent and the structure is simply bewildering. Split into "Themes" and "Dances," the eight tracks guide the listener through Becker's brave new world. Despite being entirely synthetic, there are sounds which appear like a distortion of the world around us, on occasion "voice-like" sounds are present, elsewhere there appears the sound of cicadas, only these cicadas are made of mercury and swim through time. The end result is beautiful in a way only a unique work of art can be. PAN is proud to present the outside from within. Mastered and cut by Becker himself at Dubplates & Mastering, and pressed on 140 gram vinyl.