ALBUM PREMIERE: THOMA ‘DETROIT’
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Experimental electronic duo Thoma (Tristan de Liège f.k.a. Stratus and Benjamin Hill a.k.a. Askanse) have a new album called Detroit—named after the city where it was finished, although Los Angeles was where its foundations were laid—and it’s a precisely crafted but unpredictable piece, alive with the breath and life that came from the woodwinds it sampled. Like Gas, Oval or early Warp releases, Detroit uses electronic music as a prism to make a refracted rainbow of jazz and experimental music, some dating back to the dawn of the digital age. (Thoma made an very illuminating influences mix that you can examine here.) There’s never anything that stays firm and solid too long, and songs come together more like cars merging on a freeway than scenes in a movie or chapters in a book: self-contained and self-propelled, but all headed in the same direction. Something like “Dipole” might bloom into a deliberately minimal structure and texture, while (single) “Earth Breathes” offers loops upon loops upon loops—an infinity mirror as much as it is a song—and “Synapse” starts with a happily discordant blast of synth before resolving into something like a John Carpenter version of a modern classical movement. It’s out Fri., Apr. 26, on Future Archive Recordings—get it here!