Tehran-based drone master Siavash Amini‘s name should not be unfamiliar for the readers of Sounds Of A Tired City. His debut album ‘Till Human Voices Wake Us’ was released on the excellent Mexican label Umor Rex in 2014 and now he returns to his roots again with a powerful collaboration with Matt Finney. ‘Familial Rot’ was mastered by Lawrence English and will be released on July 22nd (this Friday). Luckily, you don’t need to wait anymore, since we are so generous that you can stream the full work right here.
While in the case of ‘Till Human Voices Wake Us’ T.S. Eliot poems were the center of the recordings, in ‘Familial Rot’ Matt’s text and Siavash’s music were symbiotically built on each other – neither of them could exist without the other, they resonate with each other.
It’s rather difficult to believe that this talented Iranian musician’s setup barely consists of a laptop and a guitar. With every release he reaches a new height when it comes to the complexity of his sonic textures and depth of his drones, and with his new work he also gets more incandescent and noisier than ever. Nonetheless, the roughness and intensity of this distortion does not suppress the masterful neo-classical elements that sort of became his signature sounds. On the contrary – just like Matt Finney’s gloomy vocals, they go hand in hand with the majestically crafted, multi-layered ambient rhythms that result in a purifying, dark cinematic journey. Like… real dark!
‘Familial Rot’ comes as hand-numbered cassette, limited edition of 105 copies on pro-dubbed chrome tape. Packaged in a silk-screened cardboard box, printed on 100% recycled stock with insert and download coupon. Secure your copy HERE.
‘Familial Rot’ at Thrill Jockey