Fat Planet – Skist (Japan)

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last weekend i had the good fortune to spend some time in the company of tokyo-based duo, skist. we were both in newcastle for the annual ‘this is not art’ festival and ‘sound summit’ sessions. skist have since appeared in both sydney and melbourne and head to brisbane this saturday (7th october) to perform at fabrique 33 at the powerhouse.

skist – haruna ito and samm bennett – describe themselves as an “experimental song unit”; a description that only begins to penetrate the many layers at play. on their new album, ‘taking something somewhere’, the notion of ‘song’ is very much at the core, albeit in an abstracted form. whilst musically skist stretch purposefully into the future, haruna’s vocals exist as a series of precision-perfect postcards sent from somewhere out of time; it’s impossible to pin down any notion of reference. that said, the use of song as a distinct ‘moment’ certainly flows to eglantine gouzy from last week’s post, and i’m also tempted to cite the vocal constructs of lamb’s lou rhodes as a touch point.

rhythmically, you can lose yourself inside this release. ditching any tried and true method of mapping A to B, samm’s programming and instrumentation takes diversionary and circuitous routes; always side-stepping expectations, yet – unlike his glitch IDM counterparts – never losing the way. this has much to do with the warm marriage of pre-programmed beats, live electronic percussion (such as the wavedrum) and traditional acoustic drums. haruna then additionally offsets both her own poetic vocal performance and samm’s rhythms with waves of subtle electronic feedback – a contribution that may well be spun off into a distinct cd release at some point in the future.

you can find more info on skist at samm & haruna’s label site polarityrecords.net.