Cave Walls (Part Two)
Label: Avian Cat: AVN035
Release date: 22/06/2018
Rhyw returns to Avian.
Following on from the producer’s much lauded debut, Alex Tsiridis reemerges on the Avian label with Cave Walls (Part Two).
Tsiridis’ work under the Rhyw moniker has always showcased the producer’s keen ear for drawing out melody from potentially disharmonious elements – tweaking feedback components and utilising heavy filtering to generate curious hook-like riffs that dip in and out of the heady drum work with some considerable style.
On AVN035, Rhyw continues to mine this unique production aesthetic, eking out both pleasing tones and more discordant sonic anomalies in equal measure across a handful of new recordings.
Beatless pieces All Structures Are Unstable & Karhide lean tentatively towards Cluster-esque Krautrock in their execution – the former, an acrimonious deconstruction of the producer’s dance floor work, and the latter owing more to the Noise & Drone music found elsewhere on the Avian label.
Byzantine Mahogany, the first of three more functional pieces, finds its hook element in a growling, low slung saw, driven hot & buoyed by dry, shuffling percs & Happening RN features that same twisted bass, this time with added urgency. Opportunist completes the triad and finds Tsiridis in yet more high octane territory, sonically shifted more to the high frequencies found on Cave Walls (Part One) – cementing a now characteristic bent to the producer’s work.