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ARTIST
TITLE
Atavism
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
R-N 107CD R-N 107CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/12/2009

Atavism is the fourth album from Sheffield, UK's snd (Mark Fell, Mat Steel), their first full-length release since 2002's Tenderlove on Mille Plateaux. Atavism reveals, explores and reinterprets the fundamentals of its origins interpreted in a new time and a new context: simultaneously iteration, re-interpretation and a process of invention; both an allusion to the origins of a type and the genesis of something new. The geometric forms and rhythmic assuredness of first-wave techno combine with the linear clarity of digital minimalism to expose themes whose rhythmic and harmonic immediacy and ostensive sparsity belie the complexity of their form. In a cycle of exposition and development, materials are slowly drawn through processes of compression and expansion, inversion and reversal, atomization and consolidation, to return shaped into new orders -- a process of sonic origami. Over 16 untitled pieces, themes are developed slowly to the point of obliteration only to be re-layered and rediscovered in new surroundings. Last copies...