The second album from Milwaukee-based composer Releaux, Phage is the brooding, electronic, impressionist soundscape of a biotech war waged on microscopic battlegrounds. This soundtrack for the award-winning indie techno-thriller, “Soul Undertow,” features dark and psychedelic ambient, industrial techno, and gothic dream pop textures.
The album makes liberal use of luxurious, evolving, melodic ambient washes mixed with pulsating electronic rhythms, immense bedrock drones, and gentle, but insistent backbeats. The bombastic title track evokes sci-fi action sequences, while the closing track, “Antigen,” hearkens back to big 80s post-punk and ethereal wave love themes.
Recommended for fans of Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, Paul Leonard-Morgan, Cocteau Twins, Harold Budd, Oöphoi, Nocturnal Emissions, The Orb, Steve Roach, Global Communication.
Phage is also available at most major online retailers and streaming services.
CRACK THE CODE
The video for the title track from Releaux’s first album, 42403, channels cold-war spy-craft and mysterious “numbers stations” into a cryptic puzzle. Now broadcasting to embedded assets worldwide.
Releaux’s debut album, 42403, explores the dramatic advancement of technology over the last several decades. The title track channels cold-war spy-craft and mysterious “numbers stations” into a cryptic puzzle. Other tracks reference software development, networking, electronics, vintage computing, gaming, and even a nod to homicidal artificial intelligences like HAL and GLaDOS.
42403 moves hypnotically through moody, bass-heavy ambient techno, Berlin school washes and precision, and sweeping film score soundscapes including Tyrell’s Balcony, an homage to the original Blade Runner soundtrack. Twin contemplative ballads introspectively examine the personal fears that keep so many creative dreams from reaching a wider audience, and the ironic isolation our increasingly connected world has engendered.
Recommended for fans of Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, Boards of Canada, Tangerine Dream, The Orb, The Future Sound of London, Global Communication, Orbital, Aphex Twin, Wendy Carlos.
42403 is also available at most major online retailers and streaming services.