Record Label: Constellation
180 gram vinyl includes 12"x24" art print + download card.
One of 2016's strangest, most hypnotic and charming albums of experimental synth-electronic music was volume 1 from Off World, about which Boomkat said "a stellar new project headed by Sandro Perri, one of the most singular producers in contemporary music; featuring some of the most inventive, spellbinding work in his catalogue. One of the most original and satisfying albums we've heard this year - can't wait to see what the next installments bring." This is the next installment, fittingly titled 2.
Perri has been drip-feeding Constellation bundles of tracks culled from a fascinating bounty of private and previously unreleased tracks that has been accumulating for some time - a tickle trunk of enchantingly left-of-leftfield collaborative recordings rich in deconstructed melody and rhythm, pointillist and aleatory composition techniques, primarily employing a wide array of vintage synths and drum machines.
Co-conspirators include producers Lorenz Peter (Processor), Drew Brown (Lower Dens, Beck) and Susumu Mukai (Zongamin), and instrumentalists Craig Dunsmuir (Glissandro 70, Kanada 70) and Eric Chenaux, among others. Off World is alien electronics played humanly, resulting in genuinely exploratory and peculiarly sui generis electronic music that sounds like it could have issued from any time in the past 40-50 years
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