Lifecutter’s music is a true love affair with saturated frequencies, glitchy anomalies and distorted patinas, exploring the extremes of aggressive electronic music. However, it doesn't have much in common with mindless fist-bumping, trendy TikTok hard techno dancing and bland distorted techno for big room raves. Although his music is rough and somewhat violent, it still radiates an aura of inexplicable mysticism. He borrows from the post-Einstürzende Neubauten industrial era and the groundbreaking techno sounds of the 90s and wraps them in a high-tech, digitally-enhanced format to underscore the dystopian, post-AI reality we live in.
''Hollow'', his fifth album for the Ljubljana-based label Kamizdat, is a logical continuation of the aesthetic he presented on his last full length album ''Sub Persona''. The new album contains nine powerful cuts that maintain his fascination with the dark and sludgy elements of British industrial techno strains and their connections to EBM, rhythmic noise, no wave and other "dark hued" genres. Melodies are sprinkled throughout the album, but they always verge on "melodic noise" rather than fully-blown melodicism in the Western music tradition. Lifecutter seems to seek a twisted balance between relentless rhythmic impulses and menacing pads that lurk like ghosts in the background of his soundscapes. Admittedly, he also flirts with more groove-oriented arrangements, for example in the opener Hollow I, a track that revolves around an ominous but somewhat funky synthesiser motif before developing into a frontal sonic assault in the second half. - from liner notes by Jaša Bužinel
Limited edition USB Booklets and digital album (with “Name Your Price”) are available from 14 December 2023 through our Bandcamp shop at https://kamizdat.bandcamp.com.
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Domen Učakar · music, mixing
Chris McCormack at Blacklisted Mastering · mastering
Jaša Bužinel · liner notes
Andro Giunio · graphic design
Katja Kosi · proofreading
Maruša Hren · USB booklet, printing, bookmaking
Luka Prinčič, Luka T. Zagoričnik · executive production
Financially supported by City of Ljubljana
Media support: Radio Študent
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