One of the remaining puzzle pieces has always been Josh’s solo work as Xrei, and it began slowly in April 2013, then was an explosion of new content for it in fall 2013, as his attentions which had been slowly turning from guitars to piano, suddenly jumped over the cliff-edge and headlong into synths.
There’s always been a love for synth sounds, back even beyond the early aphasein days into our industrial and dance music roots, but although a lot of fun cheap Casio keyboards were played around with (especially the Casio CZ-1000 of Josh’s), the actual library of synth sounds worked with was almost always programmed samples taken from friends’ synth collections and tons of Future Music Magazine sample CDs.
We’ve always wondered if there would be any actual releases as Xrei – apart from all the work as one half of aphasein. There’s been many evix releases throughout (from starting to ending the label actually). And the two Coastal Exchange EPs are solo works from Josh, though the group was originally intended to be a collaboration with Sean, and they showcase more of a guitar-based experimental-folk side of songwriting than a pure electronic project. Honestly, most of Josh’s electronic work has gone straight into aphasein and forms much of its backbone. Still, it’s always been there waiting.
When it rains, it sometimes pours – take the voyage and discover the vast encompassing spaces of Xrei.