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Five years after their debut, INIT’s sound remains as hard to pin down as it is unmistakable. On their new album, ‘Gravity’, Benedikt Frey and Nadia D’Alo continue to merge elements of house, electro, acid and post-punk, this time with a “lighter and more playful” perspective. The structures are more concise, vocals are more prominent and there’s a greater presence of elements of popular music. With all, INIT deliver some of their most memorable tracks to date. Recorded in their Berlin home, ‘Gravity’ is the result of the duo experimenting in the studio while searching for new material for their live set. Some of the inspiration came from new gear such as the vocoder we hear on tracks like ‘Disk-O’ or ‘Jungle’. Other cuts were influenced by their immediate context. ‘Wrong Coded’ calls out the territorial way some men behave towards women on the dancefloor. Its sarcastic lyrics might sound seductive, but they are a reprimand: “zip your fly, don’t stand by…… see something you like….. step ASIDE!”. Lyrics are also important in ‘Half Life’, a moody ballad about the hardships of the Berlin winter. While in typical INIT fashion the general tone is slo-mo, narcotic and spooky, there’s also a place for fast-paced cuts like ‘Follow The Strings’, which reminisces rave euphoria from an ethereal perspective. Fresh angles from a duo that keeps pursuing a very personal take on shadowy electronics. It might be more immediate but it’s as mystifying as ever. The album comes in a limited-edition cassette with artwork by Arnau Pi.
released November 3, 2020
Tapes will be ready to ship in 2 – 3 weeks together with debut cd-album from INIT.