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Tectonic Shift

by Ikon Anarchos

Ikon Anarchos is an Industrial Electronic duo. This album varies between the Gothic Rock of "Lotex and "Light A Candle (with Maxx Silver) to Ambient industrial " Starless" / "Mortineau" & more accessible tracks, "Wishes" and "Wrong Area"
Genre: Electronic: Industrial
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wishes
3:42 $0.99
2. Tonal
3:17 $0.50
3. Ultima Thule
5:51 $0.99
4. Mortineau
6:12 $0.99
5. Horror Movie
5:51 $0.99
6. Tectonic Shift
4:39 $0.99
7. Starless
6:57 $0.99
8. Harder
5:51 album only
9. Lo-Tex
4:29 $0.99
10. Wrong Area (feat. Maxx Silver)
4:03 $0.99
11. Light a Candle (feat. Maxx Silver)
5:57 $0.99
12. Coda
3:08 $0.50
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The story of this album is a unique one. During the 90's Richard Bennett and Maxx Silver had collaborated on many albums of Industrial and experimental music, Friends from school, Richard more recently went to Portugal with his wife and was a celebrated research scientist. But everything went badly wrong, when Richard suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked in syndrome and only able to move his eyes to communicate via a computer ( much like the late Stephen Hawking did)

Michael met up with Richard some years later, and with his agreement, put together this album which is made up of three distinct elements 1) Richards percussion parts from incomplete pieces, on cassette and stored in an attic for 20 years and recovered for this album. 2) Musical improvisations from Maxx Silver written in the last year, on top of Richards percussion and 3) to a much lesser degree, Richard has contributed occasional elements to this recording.

And this brings us to the charity aspect of this release. All proceeds from the album go to help the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney, which is where Richard lives. It will go to help him and others in the hospital access technology to enable musical creation, Richard is never more cheerful than when he is listening and trying to create music.

Whilst this music is for charity, it is a very serious release. For the majority of the album the dark atmospheres, precisely crafted percussion parts, crushing guitars and searing melodies that make for an unusual but very entertaining listen, However Maxx Silver has also contributed more accessible tracks, such as the hip hop ambient of "Wishes" and the song "Light A Candle" which seems to nod very slightly towards the Sisters of Mercy.

Of the longer tracks, "Starless" is like Floyd meets Art Rock. "Mortineau" is a film soundtrack to a film from the Middle Ages, with the combination of Industrial percussion, Accordion, Brass,and growling Guitars. The heaviest tracks are "Lotex" a gothic dance style instrumental and "Horror Movie" which sets together guitars, organs, ground plumbing bass and explosions.

There are a couple of charming vignettes here too. The short "Tonal" is like a Clannad instrumental with its Irish pipes, ancient dums and bells and a "drone" recorded 20 years ago by Richard. Then there is "Harder" an all too brief dance track!

Of the remaining tracks, the pick is the hip hop styled "Wrong Area" where Richard speaks to us with his computer voice, about being in the wrong place, at the wrong time in between a chorus sung by Maxx Silver.

If you are a fan of Industrial Music and experimental Electronica, we think you will love this album!

Finally a big thank you to RACHEL BEW and BRIAN CLIFFORD who helped pay for the distribution of the album



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