Geocidal is very much Anthony Pateras’ vision realised over one and a half years of recording. The record combines various musical elements from analogue electronics, strings, winds, brass, orchestral percussion, and vocals – each recorded in a different location which as Anthony describes creates a “displaced, almost vapourous intensity – it comes from everywhere and nowhere”. Every one of these musical elements on Geocidal was also played live, with no samples, handcrafted and performed by a human – stemming from a desire to base everything on feel and instinct. Ultimately then, it represents universality and timelessness in music.
On Geocidal, Pateras balances these kaleidoscopic elements from controlled brooding electronics to unrestrained explosive outbursts. Frenetic, trance-inducing percussion punctuates much of the record, making way for more spacious grooves and jazz rhythms. Elsewhere, widescreen string compositions rouse and stirring piano parts creep in, shifting into film noir atmospherics. All the while, this expansive sonic architecture allows Mike Patton much freedom to display his vast array of vocal techniques.
Combining this method of live recording, and the cross-pollination of an array of musical talent, Pateras allows for absolute stylistic freedom which makes Geocidal a very dynamic and unclassifiable album, where quality is never compromised by the quantity of ideas on display. As Tiny Mix Tapes said of Pateras’ music, it offers a look as to where “trailblazers of avant-garde are heading,” adding music lovers will “be captivated by his bold creative foray.” We couldn’t agree more.
1. INVOCATION OF THE SWARM (2:44)
2. PURE WAR (2:41)
3. IRUNDI (4:18)
4. THE HELL OF NOW (3:15)
5. TEN YEARS TRICKED (7:31)
6. 3-2-1 CIVILIZATION (3:36)
7. TENZ (3:23)
8. SUiSHAMAN (0:34)
9. KID HAS GOT THE BOMB (4:31)
10. EMPTINESS OF ECSTACY (2:10)
11. DEATH IN TANGIERS (4:01)