Spartak – ‘I Fought The Style’ (Provenance)

Tangents duo Spartak recruit Oval and Kangaroo Skull (My Disco) for new EP.

DateJuly 2016
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Since 2007, Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian have released numerous collections of tweakers rock, jazz abstraction and minimal electronics as Spartak on labels such as Low PointFeral Media and New Weird Australia, while performing around the country and taking in tours of Singapore, Malaysia and Japan alongside the likes of My Disco, Thomas William, Andrew Pekler, Lucky Dragons, Cuushe, Russian Circles, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Minamo, Mono/Poly, Shigeto, Gold Panda, Mark Pritchard and Container. Performances are always free-flowing interpretations of studio creations, using analog machines and live instrumentation to leave audiences engaged in a hypnotic state whenever they play.

At various intervals during their history, the duo have been joined live and on recording by bassist Matt Lustri (Cracked Actor), Rory Stenning (Raus, Cold Emotion) on synths and vocalists Joe McKee (Snowman), Lucrecia Dalt and Hannah Peel (The Magnetic North). With this open approach to collaboration, Spartak expands to a quartet on the upcoming i fought the style, to be released by Provenance in July 2016. Drawing on contributions from the talented Lustri, delicate vocals from Becki Whitton (Aphir), glitch pioneer Oval and Melbourne producer Kangaroo Skull (aka Rohan Rebeiro from My Disco), Ahmad entangles synthetic textures through Dorrian’s improvisational rhythms across this collection of digital ballads, fizzling ambience and futurist disco-pop.

“The dark vista they create fits in quite easily with the work of Australian contemporaries like Lower Spectrum or LUCIANBLOMKAMP, although, this being Spartak, they’re probably the most stylistically diverse of the bunch … there’s few styles Spartak have come against that they haven’t tamed and added to their repertoire.” – 4ZZZ


Tracklisting.

1 – Eulogist
2 – Seasonal
3 – Flags For An Organization
4 – Revisionist
5 – Maps Of The Sounds Of Tokyo


Credits.

shoeb ahmad – electronics, programming, vocals
evan dorrian – drums, percussion, vocals
matt lustri – electric + bass guitar, dr rhythm
becki whitton – vocals

music spartak words ahmad
recorded brick lane, canberra
becki vocals recorded at home, melbourne
mixed the boulevarde, sydney

tracks 1, 3 & 5 produced by Shoeb Ahmad & Evan Dorrian
track 2 produced by Markus Popp
track 4 produced by Kangaroo Skull


Catalogue. PR004