tētēma reveal first track from their debut album, Geocidal,to be released via Ipecac on December 8th
tētēma, a new duo featuring Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras and Mike Patton release their debut album, Geocidal, on December 8th via Ipecac Recordings.
Today we are pleased to share the first insight of the music via the track ‘Tenz’, which is described by Anthony Pateras as follows…”This track experiments with a palimpsest of rhythmic microcosms, consisting of drums, voice, arp 2600, contrabass recorder, nylon string guitar and marimba. The orchestration attempts to create kaleidoscopic barber pole effect : a constantly rotating electro-acoustic cross-pollination which culminated in some kind of brutal polychronic trance music, albeit with a glockenspiel coda…”
The Quietus, who premiered the track this week commented…”Judging from ‘Tenz’…the album promises to be an intriguing affair. It opens with the lumbering rhythmical heft that immediately brings to mind Cut Hands, before Patton’s incantatory vocals surface and we skirt through jazzy touches and gentle inflections of contrabass recorder and synth, culminating in a full-on, howled assault.”
Geocidal is very much Anthony Pateras’ vision realised over one and a half years of recording. The record combines various musical elements from analogue electronics, strings, winds, brass, orchestral percussion, and vocals – each recorded in a different location which as Anthony describes creates a “displaced, almost vapourous intensity – it comes from everywhere and nowhere”. Every one of these musical elements on Geocidal was also played live, with no samples, handcrafted and performed by a human – stemming from a desire to base everything on feel and instinct. Ultimately then, it represents universality and timelessness in music.
On Geocidal, Pateras balances these kaleidoscopic elements from controlled brooding electronics to unrestrained explosive outbursts. Frenetic, trance-inducing percussion punctuates much of the record, making way for more spacious grooves and jazz rhythms. Elsewhere, widescreen string compositions rouse and stirring piano parts creep in, shifting into film noir atmospherics. All the while, this expansive sonic architecture allows Mike Patton much freedom to display his vast array of vocal techniques.
Combining this method of live recording, and the cross-pollination of an array of musical talent, Pateras allows for absolute stylistic freedom which makes Geocidal a very dynamic and unclassifiable album, where quality is never compromised by the quantity of ideas on display. As Tiny Mix Tapes said of Pateras’ music, it offers a look as to where “trailblazers of avant-garde are heading,” adding music lovers will “be captivated by his bold creative foray.” We couldn’t agree more.
1. INVOCATION OF THE SWARM (2:44)
2. PURE WAR (2:41)
3. IRUNDI (4:18)
4. THE HELL OF NOW (3:15)
5. TEN YEARS TRICKED (7:31)
6. 3-2-1 CIVILIZATION (3:36)
7. TENZ (3:23)
8. SUiSHAMAN (0:34)
9. KID HAS GOT THE BOMB (4:31)
10. EMPTINESS OF ECSTACY (2:10)
11. DEATH IN TANGIERS (4:01)