Artwork by Kristina Lee
Mastered by Karl Fousek
"Danish label Phinery is no stranger to otherworldly electronic music. Their newest release Four Way Split #1 features Sculpture, Karl Fousek, D Hansen, and GLIA. This release marks the first new music from Sculpture since their LP Membrane Pop on Software. "State Translation" and "Fashion Talk" are embedded with frayed, fractured vocal samples that comb over effervescent synth textures. Sculpture creates a sonic tapestry of transient percussive jitters that rattle to the deep reaches of the cortex. While there is an abundance of scattered bits of chewed up frequencies akin to previous Sculpture releases, there is a certain somber cloud of ambiance that permeates its way into this record, most notably on the track "En-Orb," an odyssey into a dream-like atmosphere. Sculpture's spastic rhythms are submerged beneath a thick gelatinous stew of synthesizers, sizzling in a cauldron amongst the vapors of a freak chemical reaction. "
Considering they only began operations in 2014, Phinery Tapes have wasted no time in building up a powerful arsenal of spools from fringe activists in the realm of experimental sonics. Somewhere in the region of 30 cassettes have so far surfaced from the Danish label featuring artists such as Head Dress, Ondness and Brandon Hurtado. Now the label is commencing operations on a series of releases under the Four Way Split banner, and the first move will feature Sculpture, GLIA, Karl Fousek and D Hansen.
Sculpture are fresh from appearing on Daniel Lopatin’s Software label with the Membrane Pop LP, while GLIA has been commonly found moonlighting on Shells Rattle and his own svbfvs imprint. Karl Fousek was previously found on Phinery’s third release as well as popping up on Adhesive-Sounds and Dionysian Tapes, while we’ve been reporting recently on Devon Hansen’s more beat-orientated movements as Stefan Jós recently.
Ahead of the release of Four Way Split #1 next week, we are pleased to get the first airing of the suite of tracks Hansen has contributed to the release. In contrast to the Stefan Jós material, under his own name Hansen is more concerned with layering up field recordings from various locales to create eerily evocative sound worlds, in line with his other work on Where To Now?