Cosmic Microwave Background - AnD - EDLX.038
â€œIn the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown. And, in between, there are doors.â€
Having honed a clear and uncompromising sound, which has been flexed across all manner of tempos, AnD return to Electric Deluxe with their first full body of work: a sonic contemplation of the cosmos, woven with all their industrial tropes in tact. The venomous hats and cavernous rumblings on â€œPower Spectrumâ€, the caustic squeals of â€œAcoustic Oscillationsâ€ and the anxious pistons in â€œGravitational Wavesâ€, for example, should instantly resonate with fans of the duoâ€™s wanton dancefloor works. But another cataclysmic compilation this is not. â€˜Cosmic Microwave Backgroundâ€™ is a far more composed and calculated affair, which sees the AnD sound assiduously recast into long-player format.
The analogue bleeps of â€œParticleâ€ and grainy textures in â€œThe Epoch of Recombinationâ€ are some of the fluctuations that temper AnDâ€™s debut album into a solid listening experience, meanwhile exposing some of the pairâ€™s fluid and intuitive working processâ€”with themselves as much as with their machines. Juxtaposing production precision with more freeform composition, â€˜Cosmic Microwave Backgroundâ€™ as an opus is as intriguing and unexpected in its entirety as itâ€™s individual partsâ€”for the vinyl collectors, reordered here into a double LP of functional floor material and more experimental pieces.
Not that the album is quite so black and white. There are anomalies such as â€œNon-Sky Signal Noiseâ€ which tread the velveteen grey area in between, with truly rewarding results. On â€˜Cosmic Microwave Backgroundâ€™ AnD have found their door between worlds, and flung it wide open.
The sleeve artwork has been created from a series of paintings by AnD themselves, reinterpreted here by EDLXâ€™s own in-house designer Jan Willem van den Ban into a set of industrial-evoking pieces inspired by the sound and aesthetics of the LP.
â€œCosmic Microwave Backgroundâ€ will be out on October 20th, serving as the final high point of this yearâ€™s Amsterdam Dance Event, where Electric Deluxe is hosting a showcase