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Autarkic operates as part of an unspoken alliance from Tel Aviv, which is currently altering the state of contemporary house and techno music. "Heavy Dreamer", the artist’s first, four track outing on Life and Death, showcases much of what this bold movement is about, all while pushing it forward into progress.
Ever present tones of kraut and punk rock flow throughout the EP, beginning with "Some Things To Keep", a pumping, warehouse floor filler. Autarkic steps up to the mic, often re-amping and distorting his vocal delivery, placing it alongside finely programmed keyboard riffs, tough drums and further psychedelia. "Realistic Guru", the trippiest of the lot, is tailor made for an early morning DJ Tennis afterparty excursion.
Slowing down the pace on "Powerhouse", Autarkic hints at moments of Bauhaus’ and Tones on Tail’s doom and dance pop, while offering up a digital only, stripped down, bonus version. The title track stands as a testament to this new wave of artists, coming from the shores of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline. Bass, drums and guitar are recorded through bespoke boxes and presented through the lens of modernist club culture.
Patrick says: Blurring punk funk, minimal wave, techno, industrial and goth, Autarkic brings his own vision of the dark wired sound to a record deck near you. LCD Soundsystem fans should check 'Powerhouse' for a DFA style winner.
A1. Some Things To Keep
A2. Realistic Guru
B1. Heavy Dreamer