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Epistrophe Smith understands electronic music. He gets it, and he invites the listener to understand too. Electronica was created to take us to the places where other dance music couldn’t take us. Much like electronic music itself stemmed from the ingenuity and creativity of individuals striving to harness developments in technology to free music and the sonic arts from the constraints of ‘played’ instruments and live recording, electronica itself is the expression of artists taking the challenge to journey further into the unknown.
He establishes delicate rhythms with pulsing beats and kicks, mixing samples with synthesised and live beats with building rhythms that evolve in waves; audial worlds with musical stories accompanying the listener as their narratives merge and we are left realising we have entered new realms, where the musical genre has evolved and now our bodies are seeking to move in a different way.
Epistrophe Smith’s music tempts listeners with glimpses of house, techno and electronica, seamlessly appearing as characters in his story and teasing us with what may be ahead. Reminiscent of the early vapourwave scene in terms composition, yet abandoning the aesthetic and Japanese character-orientated aesthetics, EP’s creations seek to find a place in the new post-capitalist exploration of modern music, rather than challenge the production values of main-stream dance music.
The rhythmical soundscapes beckon the listener in rather than confronting them with glitch and switch; and this softer, richer, more progressive exploration of digital music making is clearly inviting audiences to explore with the music as opposed to being dictated to. This music is electronica alive with ambition. It wants to take you on a journey and play; and that's what it does - with infectious curiosity and a deft fusion of samples, live beats and buckets of creativity.
Since 2014 he has released on Soundcog Records, Traum Schalplatten, and Aila Records. Spring 2016 saw his first album release Soundtrack To A Silent Film on Soundcog. Interested in pushing the boundaries he has developed a music project called The Neverending Album, which delves into the world of Twitter and uses the stream of Tweets to trigger audio samples and create music.
2017 was a prolific year with a steady stream of releases on Soundcog, Heavy Bombardment, a collaboration with electronic musician St Löda, and #52, a weekly music composition project.