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Indifferent Spaces has charted new ground with their latest full length album Nostalgica Sun 660 a.k.a. IS8. Mostly slower and mid tempo lower-fi trip-hop pieces with some of the fattest, gnarliest boom-bap beats ever concocted and/or manipulated and warped by the artist. Without question, IS8 is the most unrefined album they have ever produced and is full of sloppy yet tightly wound samples layered with live instruments and intriguing soundscapes. Every bombastic track is coated with a perfect film of scuzz and grime; its own unique nostalgic veneer. In fact, as stated in the description of some of the YouTube videos for this specific project, all of the songs were created using a technique to enhance that grime:
"Note: All of the music from IS8 has been created using old analog equipment and instruments, half broken drum machines and samplers, pumped through assorted vintage guitar and bass amplifiers and recorded onto 1-track and 4-track cassette recorders, then finally shoveled into this digital cyber landfill of endless wretch.”
Furthermore, Elexen, the driving force and creator behind Indifferent Spaces was fairly candid when asked about the concept of the album. He stated:
“Well, I have always had this thought that when I die, I just want to be thrown on the floor of some forest and simply rot there on the surface till I just blend in with the dirt. I never want to be buried or burned or anything. Just let the weather and the bugs and animals do with me as they please. With this particular album, I thought about that a lot. With most of these songs, I started creating little soundtracks to that vibe of just rotting in peace. As if my soul was sort of wafting around my dead body emanating some residual essence while my husk slowly decays back into the Earth. I’d say that’s mainly the concept. That, and some of it is just my usual experimenting.”
You can actually hear the breakdown of equipment, tape machine hiss, overdriven distortion and other anomalies on many tracks, and their lo-fi quality is not flawlessly produced as numerous other artists have replicated in the genre. In other words, this album is very crude or even undigested at times, however, the rawness on these songs only adds to the affect the music has on the listener, enhancing the overall sound faithfully. And although the tracks on IS8 seem sort of haphazard and randomly sequenced, it somehow comes together in a complete sophistication and is total ear candy for trip-hop heads and anyone who loves a distinct musical experience. A fine mix of electronic and analog, this collection of beats definitely goes deep into all layers of the natural world, be it earthly or ethereal, decomposing and dissipating sublimely into the ears with a good set of headphones. Someone from the distant future may look back on this as an archeological gem of sound. A sound seemingly dug up from some lost civilization that no longer exists.