3 x 12”, DIGITAL
Cat no PRGLP007 UPC 827170566767 Rel Date 12” 17.11.2014
Cat no PRGLP007 UPC 827170566767 Rel Date digital” 01.12.2014
A1 A Study of Splashes
C1 Intrude - Restrain
D1 New Hexagon
E2 Empress Cut In Segments feat. Nikos Veliotis
F2 Seldom Cloud
Cassegrain continue their empowering run of techno electronics with 'Centres of Distraction', their debut album on Prologue.
Leading us on a 10-track expedition into a wilderness of rugged, challenging sonics, the album marks the production duo's development from adventurous new-bloods to fully fledged Techno explorers.
Over the course of the last five years, Alex Tsiridis and H¬¬üseyin Evirgen, now both firmly entrenched in Berlin, have created a heavily detailed rhythmic language of morphing synthesis, high end processing and club-chiseled production. A basis for much of their studio work, their controlled, hardware-focused live sets have brought them to a unique and respected position as showmen.
A nod to the classic 90s electronic album format - spanning a wide range of tempos and genres - 'Centres of Distraction' covers a lot of ground. After the opening club-ready syncopations of 'A Study Of Splashes', itself a warm and addictive cut, the duo set out on a new exploration in purist electronica, beginning with 'Resilin'. Morphing from abstract and reduced broken beats into a stirring melodic piece, it's the most song-structured we've heard them.
And so change and contrast are to continue as key themes. 'Centres' drops with its funky, off-centre lines and rattling percussion, to be quickly followed by the mighty 'Intrude - Restrain'. 'New Hexagon' charms us into a deep hypnosis with its percussive and rhythmic synthesis, highlighting the intricacies of the duo's drum programing.
The serene mid-tempo tones of 'Glasshouse' create yet another dramatic change in focus as a temporal, high-pressure and high-intensity atmosphere is built and then gently deconstructed. But Cassegrain also stands for high-end dance music, and 'Scythian' is perhaps the peak of the album in that respect. An unrelenting and timeless shock of electricity, the stuttering, frenetic energy winds its way around the heart of Cassegrain's current club sound.
Again dropping the tempo in search of refreshing alternatives, renowned Greek cellist Nikos Veliotis (of the Mohammad group on PAN, or In Trance 95 on Minimal Wave) contributes his growling, measured strokes to 'Empress Cut In Segments'. An intense soundtrack of sublime cacophonic peaks, once again tappng into a newly developed taste for melody and progressive structures.
The album approaches its end with 'Arcane', the type of psycho-techno that Cassegrain do so well - metallic lines overlapping and modulating to full effect - the tension palpable. This is the prelude to the beautiful 'Seldom Cloud' that sums up all of the more experimental, melodic studies found on the LP. Floating bells and ethereal bodies swarm in a fitting conclusion to the album.