Florian Kupfer: untitled 12″ EP (L.I.E.S., 2017)

February 25, 2018 at 1:52 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Florian Kupfer: untitled 12″ EP

I hadn’t even realized that Florian Kupfer released a new record on L.I.E.S. until I was recently searching through Reckless Records’ website a few days before the last time I visited Chicago. I heard some clips and had to buy it. In some ways, it seems like perhaps the least lo-fi thing he’s released so far. There’s still fat, thumping kicks on opening track “Contact”, but there’s a drifting sensation underneath that’s hard to explain, with scattered pianos aiding in the song’s progression. “TY” is a shorter track with a more complex beat pattern and a thin layer of white noise, but it doesn’t sound “hissy” the way his other stuff did. “Random Chaos” seems to have a more club-friendly beat, and it seems to progress that way, but the percussion seems to imitate the banging hammers of construction workers, and then it just gets wavier and trippier. “Z” begins with several interlocked percussive patterns, none of which are a standard club rhythm, before a soft but vengeful layer of swarming synths hovers over everything. If it were more distorted and there were several more layers to it, it would be close to Somatic Responses territory. Really stunning and surprising, not at all what I was expecting.

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