by David Fyans

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Groundshift 46:43


A brand new, 46ish minute traversal of internal landscapes in a flux state.

Recorded live at Colony, London on 15/03/2013.

"Those last two tracks remind me slightly of an excellent recent set by Broken20's Dave Fyans, aka Erstlaub, at the Waiting Room in London. Fyans' music is beatless and and centred around long-duration explorations of fluid dynamics, finding great tidal washes and cascades of white noise and hiss coursing through the mix and pooling around watery bleeps and instrument jack crackle. Perhaps because the volume was cranked up to a sufficiently high level, this live set more explicitly betrayed a love of, and personal history with, dance music and raving.

Eschewing anything so straightforward as a beat, everything streamed forward in a skin-prickling rush, as though each individual particle were caught in an oceanic current, being swept along in synchrony with all its neighbours. The effect was to make the set feel astonishingly propulsive despite its lack of overt rhythm, further enhanced by massive, indistinct upwellings of sub-bass that began to emerge around halfway through.

The music, diffuse as it was, thickened the air and the atmosphere of the Waiting Room's basement, as most of the audience slumped on benches, eyes closed, or buried heads in hands. By the end I was left with the sensation that the room had gradually filled with chilly seawater, and that to get back out I'd have to swim to the top of the staircase."

(Rory Gibb at The Quietus)

Bonus video 'Jupiter' included with download.


released May 3, 2013


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David Fyans / Erstlaub - audiowitch, artist, plugger in of things into other things, soundmonger, maker of images, video and stills, presser of buttons and rotator of knobs and assorted other follies.

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