• orphan swords License to Desire (hand-numbered LP, £14.25)

    label: Aurora Borealis

    Edition of 200 black/white label, full colour folder sleeve in heavy PVC outer with download code. Orphan Swords see the reissue of their “License To Desire” LP on limited edition vinyl. The Belgian duo bring a heady, fog shrouded sonic maelstrom to the label, perfect for the post-truth era. What sort of music is this? What genre do we file it under? Hard to say. It sounds like a record that Aurora Borealis should release. There’s chaos, there’s unhallowed chanting, there’s some fierce rhythm and there’s undeniably some abuse of electronic equipment. We’ll leave the definitions up to the listener, but with titles referencing demons of Goetia and the world’s oldest profession we’ll let the good times roll. Formed in 2013, Orphan Swords is a Belgian electronic duo. Their music, described as “a brutal hypnosis” by Ransom Note, has been released on Desire Records, Clan Destine and Idiosyncratics. Idiosyncratic is indeed a description that perfectly fits both their releases and live performances. In the US they have shared bills with acts as diverse as Oathbreaker, Andy Stott and Vatican Shadow. Their new collaborative side project Black Swords with Stuart Argabright of Black Rain [Blackest Ever Black] was released on Vienna’s Noiztank label. "The ten-minute “Marchosias”... builds into a droning blur with surging drums, echoed, incomprehensible vocals and all sorts of sharp edges. "Asmoday" conjures its own mass of screeching, cackling distortion, but adds an icy sense of melody through a few sustained synth riffs, and fixes everything to a rolling kick. "Hooker" is the most subdued thing yet from Orphan Swords, but it's no less potent. Its steady bass thrums and light, hazy swirls of harmonised noise make for a supremely soothing comedown." - ResidentAdvisor. Side A 1. Marchosias 10:09 2. Asmoday 5:02 Side B 1. Hooker 7:48

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