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URKT Share “Muted” – The Final Of Their Triptych Of Tracks

October 19, 2020
Rowan Allen

URKT Share “Muted” – The Final Of Their Triptych Of Tracks

Urkt, an experimental electronics duo split between London and Bristol, today share their enveloping new track ‘Muted‘. It is the last of the pair’s triptych of tracks that they have shared this year, and is their most awe-inspiring and mind-bending yet.

Muted started life as a loop we were bouncing back and forth to each other. We then drunkenly reminisced about our lives as choir boys in our youth, listened to a load of Lotti and Gregorio Allegri and it set the vibe,” the duo explained of the track. 

It retains the grandness and depth of both composers but refuses to take shape, the washing synths and acerbic vocals bouncing off each other. It’s the duo at their most boundary pushing and subtle.

Eerie notes elongate to create this ominous blanket for the track, as URKT inject each new electronic layer meticulously blending into the substantial soundscape crafted. This brooding and intense vocal harmony comes into effect and leaves you stunned. Equally intricate as it is mighty. This powerful orchestration will blow you away.

Lyrically we dug into our memories of being choir boys as well, referencing the blind nature of following religion and the stubbornness of what you think or are taught – with some brazen references to travelling on the London Underground, the repetition of commuting and feeling out of place in an environment of stubborn thought.”

The track has been given some equally enthralling visual treatment by Jason Baker (Scalping, Kayla Painter) as well as a remix from performance artist/DJ, producer Sarahsson.

We were so honoured that Sarahsson accepted remix duties for this one – we first heard them on the Snog radio show where we had our first ever radio play, and were both blown away by the depth, scale and bravery of their composition. It’s safe to say our jaws hit the floor when we both heard what they’d done.

In URKT, Harry Urquhart and Alfie Tyson-Brown have used collaboration to create a boundaryless sound, one that pushes experimental electronics into the form of contomporay pop.

Split between London and Bristol, the project took shape remotely – the pair trading ideas over the internet, vocal clips and synth textures weaving together to form dark pieces as influenced by modern pop as industrial techno. In this melding, URKT seem to embrace the feel of both cities; with genre-blending electronics creating moody, meditative backdrops to Urquhart’s deep, introverted vocals that betray a hint of paranoia behind their broody tones. 

The duo decided to share a trilogy of singles to set down a marker for the project. Each track seems completely separate to the other two, with differing energies and moods, meaning that URKT escape definition. But this is exactly the point – the duo set out to make URKT a melting pot of ideas, but funnelled through both their unique tastes.  

First single ‘Sour‘ delved into the industrial sounds that URKT are so inspired by, it’s shifting electronics and affected vocals bringing a metallic liquidity to the track that allowed it to escape being pinned down. The single also featured a bruising remix from Exit Lights (Scalping) which turned it into a piece of pummelling techno. 

Rich Now‘ the second single, cleared through the layers of smoke left by ‘Sour’, its warped vocals and clipped drums giving the track shape and purpose, pulling elements from modern R&B and the psychedelic stylings of Travis Scott, but filtering it through the crackling, static-laden synths of Tyson-Brown. It’s also given a slow, sludgy remix from Bristol’s Fever 103° (Avon Terror Corps). Despite the seemingly braggadocious title, ‘Rich Now’ instead celebrates the support of closest friends, and the important roles they can play when people’s mental health suffers.

The final piece, ‘Muted’, offers another side of URKT altogether, it’s shapeless swirling synths and vocals slowly building towards their eventual release, a potent mix of ambient, post-rock and R&B.

The duo will soon complete the triptych but refuse to set any plans in place beyond that. Both enjoy the freedom of formlessness and lack of creative borders URKT gives them, and keeping this spirit central to the project is its driving force.

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