Control Through Prohibition Or Supply - (7:04) 129 BPM
Removal Of The Six Armed Goddess - (5:40) 129 BPM
The announcement that Dave 'Function' Sumner was planning to lift Infrastructure New York out of its previously dormant state represented one of the most welcome surprises for techno fans so far in 2014. Brandishing a name that sounds like a Mad Men extra, Australian-born Irvine Campbell lines the second release on the reborn Infrastructure NY and offers an intriguing insight into how a classically trained violinist approaches techno. The industrialised and percussive "Thread Laid Bare On The Ground" which is very much in line with the music of Vatican Shadow's Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement project. "Control Through Prohibition Or Supply" is a dubby, militaristic march of watery textures, reverb and blurry Tablas while finishing this impressive debut are the searing Amazonian sounds of another great title in "Removal Of The Six Armed Goddess".
There's something about this EP of atmospheric, hard-to-pigeonhole electronica from Barcelona-based Sunny Graves that makes it strangely addictive. The thing is, it's rather hard to pinpoint exactly what. Maybe it's the spiraling synthesizers and wall-of-sound production of opener "Spring (Slow Return)", or the wide-eyed shimmer of the near Balearic "Bayou". It could be intense chords and restless cymbals of "Ghosts", or even the topsy-turvy, horror-influenced swoon and Space Dimension Controller style synth work of "Drawing Hands in Soft Light". In some ways, it doesn't matter. Whatever the underlying reason, the Bayou EP is well worth repeat listens. Given its quality, it's a surprise that Sunny Graves hasn't released more.