The work of Chattanooga duo The Goetia (AKA vocalist Jonas Snow and synth wielder Danny Parrish) is mired in an artificial desolation and the influence of skewed circuital inspirations. Their experimental electronics possess a fractured appearance, a broken but effective blend of altered tonality and frayed wires. It would be reductive, though, to simply describe their music as noisy or abrasive-it’s actually quite melodic, and, though filled with a shadowy racket, it often revels in a certain subdued lightness that casts a glimmer of weightlessness over its musical terrain. There’s an oddness to its gait and a mischief in its roar, and you’ll often be confounded by its wondrous rhythmic generosity.
With “Forever and Then We Rest,” the duo has submerged themselves in a grimy, industrial landscape of decaying beats and clanging electronic rhythms. There are moments of haranguing ambient gestures, the kind of over-the-top creativity that you don’t often encounter anymore. But the real revelation is how these sounds are connected to both the past and the present in their ability to evoke specific memories and experiences. There’s something quite remarkable about the wash of grungy noises that pour from their collective imaginations-a synthetic thunder that streaks the sky with clashing sounds and mutated metal perspectives.
Other tracks such as “Perfect Strangers” and “Crossing Over” seem like lost gems from some cyber-obsessed film from the ’90s-and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. The beats hit with a satisfying thud as slithering rhythms bounce from one ear to the other. Growling vocals slink in the shadows, rarely stepping into the light. They seem to prefer the comfort of the darkness and insist that these ecstatic electro clash melodies be heard in their own light. Snow and Parrish concoct something unearthly, with various sounds seeming to burrow up from the earth’s core. It’s overwhelming, cacophonous and makes a case that maximalism can be as intricate and emotionally complex as any other approach.
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