New Noise Magazine is hosting the exclusive premiere of “‘Marzeah,” the new single from North Carolina-based instrumental electronic/ambient outfit INTERSTITIA. The track precedes the release of the act’s second album, Hermes Slips The Trap, nearing release next week through Pax Aeternum.
Boasting more than fifty minutes of music through six tracks, all sounds, art, mixing, and mastering for Hermes Slips The Trap was handled by INTERSTITIA creator Graham Scala, with conceptual inspiration from Lewis Hyde’s Trickster Makes This World and Brian Muraresku’s The Immortality Key.
Scala offers with the new track, “‘Marzeah’ was my attempt to maximize the messiness I was bringing to these songs. More work went into the drum tracks on this than on anything else for this album – while I don’t have any problems incorporating polyrhythmic elements, I tried to make this sound like a free jazz drummer was playing it. While I appreciate the clean, austere qualities of a lot of electronic music, I’ve also never been able to approximate it. In my twenty-five years of recording music, no matter how pretty or I’ve tried to make my work it still comes out with some sort of destabilizing factor – a smudge of noise, a creeping shadow, a wrong note not excised. Incorporating that approach into tracks that are clearly laid out on a grid can be a challenge but doing so helps me to maintain a semi-coherent aesthetic between pretty disparate projects.”
Listen to INTERSTITIA’s “‘Marzeah” first through New Noise Magazine now at THIS LOCATION.
Exploratory digital imprint Pax Aeternum will release Hermes Slips The Trap next Friday, July 16th. Find preorders HERE.
Asheville, North Carolina resident Graham Scala is a punk/hardcore lifer who plays with Harmonic Cross, Bleach Everything, Collapse Culture, Arepo, US Christmas, and more, with Souvenirs Young America, Highness, Forensics, and many other bands also featured on his resume which now spans more than two decades.
Though previous efforts as INTERSTITIA saw Scala moving away from the more aggressive guitar-based music he’s made in favor of a more spacious, textural, electronic approach, his newest full-length Hermes Slips The Trap pushes that methodology to a bracing, intense, extreme in which radiant ambient synth textures are overlaid upon frantic, in-the-red breakbeats then shredded by disorienting psychotropic noise textures. Songs bend and contort in ever-mutating forms, leaving a product as frenetic and dizzying as it is ecstatic and expansive. Like Four Tet playing a Providence basement show or Blanck Mass on a Black Dice kick, Hermes Slips The Trap immerses the listener in an overwhelming sound world in which consonance and dissonance cling so tightly as to be indistinct from each other and ideas like genre seem quaint and inapplicable.
Watch for additional audio previews, videos, and more from INTERSTITIA to post over the weeks ahead.