Andrew Pekler was born in the Soviet Union, grew up in California and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. He was formerly a member of Sad Rockets and Heidelberg act Bergheim 34. Following releases on labels such as Staubgold and Kranky, his latest work is Tristes Tropiques. This tenth studio album is an album of synthetic exotica, pseudo-ethnographic music and unreal field recordings presented on Fatiche, the German label run by glitch/microhouse innovator Jan Jelinek. According to an interesting interview with Pekler, by Jelinek on the Fatiche website, the album's title was inspired by a reference to Claude Levi-Strauss and a famous account of his travels among native peoples in the Mato Grosso. Innovative textures, offworld exotica, new frontiers in synthesis and a truly riveting sense for sound design all merge wonderfully on this album.