Evala – Initial – CD -Port


There are those that classify this form of reduced,  antiseptic techno as “cold”, “inhuman”, and “soul-less,  opinions are many and varied.  These arguments rage on, and musicians like Evala continue to challenge and re-invent categories, pushing at the boundaries and endless possibilities provided by cutting edge software, and ever more potent hardware. The arguments are best left to cultural critics and media hacks, and the artists should just be left to get on with it..but lets face it guys..this is the future, and it is already on our doorstep…

  Having seen Evala’s performance on ATAK’s recent DVD excursion (reviewed on this site earlier), I was fascinated by a man who was entranced and absorbed by his own performance. Clicks, pulses and rythmic electronic punctuations all condensed into a hypnotic whole that had me hooked from the outset. Far from being cold and soul-less, Evala manages to inject a depth and humanity into his work, fusing process oriented rhythmicity with warm and vaporous tones.  This is not to deny Evala’s obvious  sci-fi infused techno tendencies..Initial is awash with jagged pointillist blips, sculpted from feedback and cold static, at times condensing into pure, undulating digital rhythm. There are obvious correspondences with the likes of Bretschneider, or Ryoji Ikeda here, and this collection would not be out of place in the Raster Noton roster, however, unlike those artists, Evala eviscerates his rhythms..there is plenty of white space, frozen moments that entice the listener, building expectation, and this is what worked to great effect in the live context, leaving his audience screaming for more.

 The CD’s titles give little away, being little more than catalogue – style references, lending the whole package a stark, utilitarian feel, that consists of pure information, leaving interpretation down to the listener. Cycling between particulate, metallic minimalism, and swirling, austere textural leanings, these mutually re-inforcing elements coalesce into a fine, and accomplished work, that will see Evala’s PORT imprint growing and maturing, and on the merits of this release, a serious rival to the likes of Raster Noton, or 12k. Essential. BGN


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