Povab: Zarja (Offshoot, 2015)February 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Another unassuming CD that knocked me out. This one isn’t even on Discogs (but it is on Bandcamp) and I can’t find too much info about it, other than that it was going to be released on another label before Psychonavigation picked it up for one of their imprints. Whoever this artist is, some of these tracks build up intense machine rhythms and tear them to shreds, like the Somatic Reponses-esque “20”. Other tracks have more steady techno beats, but they’re still tense and kind of suffocating. Then there’s the more dancey, industrial-influenced tracks. But even these play around with the form, taking the beats from being danceable to half-time rhythms. Some of the drums are more explosive and bashy, and others are fizzled apart by acidic chemicals. And then other pieces are more ominous and barely have drums at all (piano-driven “110” is a gruesomely violent scene waiting to happen). So much detail, and every track sounds different. Don’t overlook this one!