TIGRICS: Synki (Highpoint Lowlife)


Posted on Oct 26th 2007 11:30 pm

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Tigrics: Synki

Highpoint Lowlife 2007
09 Tracks. 73mins13secs

After a few months of non activity due to a deep rethinking of intentions and aspirations, the ever-excellent London-based Highpoint Lowlife are back in business, having decided to focus largely on extremely limited numbered CDR releases, with digital albums made available from the label’s website. This process, which mirrors the label’s Analog For Architecture DVD-R of a few months back, aims at recapturing the original Highpoint Lowlife ethic and provide music enthusiasts with unique artifacts rather than mass produced items.

Inauguring this new phase for the label is Hungarian musician and illustrator Tigrics, born Róbert Bereznyei, who hails from Budapest. While not quite a household name yet, Bereznyei can claim to have appeared on stage alongside a rather impressive list of electronic music luminaries, including Kid606, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ceephax Acid Crew and Leafcutter John, to name but a few. He has also released a handful of CD, CDR and MP3 albums on a variety of labels.

Synki is an epic journey into stunning electronically enhanced sound forms and found sounds processed into dream-like sequences, some lasting just a few seconds, others extending over twenty minutes, all demonstrating incredible evocative nature. The dream reference is clearest on tracks that go beyond the nine minute mark. On Ja’tzkin, Enabel, Coming Thu and Synki & Bug, Tigrics creates extremely complex and inventive patchworks which continuously evolve and morph into new instances, only to switch to entirely different frameworks altogether, moving from micro structures to vast ambient spaces to intricate rhythmic formations, mimicking in some ways sleep patterns where periods of calm follow moments of intense agitation. It is easy to get entirely lost in the meanders of Bereznyei’s music, but these sonic labyrinths feel strangely safe and welcoming.

The shorter compositions interact with each other in almost the same symbiotic fashion, yet as stand-alone pieces, their boundaries are more clearly defined. On Igric, Qip’d or Silvarvany, Bereznyei brings his vast expanses down to miniature level but somehow preserves their intricate detailing and complex layering, rendering them as epic and magnificent.

Limited to just 100 copies, and housed in a slim DVD case with hand-drawn artwork by Tigrics himself, Synki is an all too rare and precious record.


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