Hegenrax

A 4 track ambient techno ep (17m 44s) — released June 21st 2019 on OOH-sounds

After his last release got Aphex Twin's seal of approval with tracks featured in his-majesty's dj-sets last year, Holy Similaun debuts on the label with new EP Hegenrax.

The work (to be read He-gen-rax) attempts to explore the fascination for contradiction and the opposites in a conceptual framework by ideally contrasting a motor disorder (Apraxia) caused by damage to the brain and a controlled chemical reaction (Heterogeneous Catalysis), and places its music where the boundary between the two fronts merge.
Four tracks operate under the same blurry skies, polluting semantic memories with augmented-nostalgia and a sense of failure of the collective, but managing to see a possible future through suburban fractures.
Far from being a mere technical exercise with an objective look, Hegenrax emotionally dilates inside an intimate inner space as to want to reach a more intensive zone beyond – outside – standard perceptual thresholds—and this process sounds joyously modern and classic at the same time.

Expell opens with irregular cowbell hits echoing in a dull room suggesting an early warning, a sense of alarm…shortly thereafter extra-loud sound incursions burst, roaring with ballistic precision shifting the whole thing porposely out of balance.
Something meditative happens with Apeous—a postmodern-like ritual, suspended and detached form any sacredness— where twinkling synthetic chimes arpeggios float over underwater depth sonar-like sounds—inhale before diving.
Fractured airport lounge noise floor runs through Cursed G-Open, electro rhythmic alterations invade subtly, slowly, without forcing the structure, operating a sort of automatic-voluntary dissociation from that public space.
The dreamy and slightly gloomy R-E-S is built around an uncanny melody, geographically elusive—sneaky—like a look through the shutters on the weirdest day of climate change.
Suggested listening place: a Tesco parking lot.

Limited Edition Vinyl of 200, artwork is printed on unique 160gr. opaline-tracing-paper housed in high-end PVC bag, mastered and cut by Lewis Hopkin.

…‘what I can say is that Thursday 1st November 2018… in Berlin, Richard played tracks from the likes of Second Woman, Zuli, Royal House, M.E.S.H. and Bicep, bit it wasn’t until the 38 minute mark — when he mixed together Holy Similaun’s with Skee Mask’s — that he pricked my ears.’. - Tom Durston Inverted Audio

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