// Year 11 Releases
Veteran’s Day! Today celebrates 11/11 and our 11th year of releases so far. It hasn’t been a quiet year for the world, but it has been for us, focusing on the day-to-day grind, promotions, family, etc. There hasn’t been much opportunity for music this year, but there has been some great gatherings and reconnecting (and many awesome game nights).
First out the gate, we have ‘Trachx 5’ featuring an extreme take on Back Step and two newly discovered tracks. This cap to Xrei’s series of shorter excursions wraps up all the experiments since the ‘Mewzich’ and ‘Journeys’ series.
Next up we dive into the return of aphasein™ with the ‘A Shape In’ album, a live jam recorded together in running order on two synths and a drum machine. Unlike most of the other groups, aphasein™ is not known for improvising songs live, but the ‘XREI_EVIX’ single was a fun take on that and had been the first new music by the group in many years. This past spring, on a drunken hazy warm afternoon, the group brapped out their woozy synth-cheese version of Mike and Rich’s ‘Expert Knob Twiddlers’ and Ae’s ‘Oversteps’. Dig it.
During the summer, inspired by NIN’s ‘Bad Witch’ and by Ootheca’s EP and local shows (and by the ongoing events in the world in general), Evix dived into some of the early aphasein™ industrial-tinged tracks to streamline their drive and channel some aggression toward something positive. The resulting ‘Burning Backwards’ extended remix EP takes the original idea for the ‘Burning In Reverse’ EP and amps up the EBM elements of those tracks.
In a fitting convergence, this will be the last work from the original Amiga600 – these re-edited tracks would no longer save and were recorded live in several takes before turning off the machine and losing them forever. The machine was having violent display issues and EscapedArtist could not even be seen after editing, having to guess where the playback button was as the machine fell apart around it. Never displayed again. Original clean versions are presented first, with the best of the live effects takes after, and some redone snippet songs from the same time-period added as interludes (Break Dance and Suk-a-Dik Mix – couldn’t resist the references to NIN’s ‘Broken’ and ‘Fixed’ EPs).
Finally, we have ‘Music for Board Games’, an EP of classically written themes by aphasein™, created together around their mutual appreciation of fantasy and board games (which is where much of the recent time together has gone, especially for Gloom Haven). The original medieval-ish track GloomShaven was expanded together into the Underworld-groove-tinged GloomRaven and the Bro-step farce of GloomDubbin, riotously laughing the entire time. Final track Drum End Boss is a favorite, recalling AFX’s ‘Hangable Auto Bulb’ era tracks. Enjoy.