Another vital outing on the blossoming Manchester-based Sferic imprint with a debut release from Russian-born, Berlin-Based artist Alexandra Zakharenko aka Perila. Known for her involvement with the respected Berlin Community Radio outpost, as well as WET (Weird Erotic Tension) - a podcast series that joins the dots between spoken word, poetry and field recordings with a specific emphasis on sonic sexuality, Perila's Irer Dent LP follows in a similar aesthetic vein of deep REM-state ambience established by previous label alumni Echium, Space Afrika and Jake Muir. Opener 'Nat's Poems' sets Nat Marcus' subtly hypnotic poetry against quivering sub-bass and swirling, iridescent pads. And whilst the dialogue (recalling tales of Berlin nightlight and classic Larry Heard snippets) is an obvious human touch - there's lingering dichotomy of intimacy and detachment that adds deeper intrigue. Flipping to the female side with 'Sweat', Inger Wold Lund's impassive, whisper-in-yer-ear erotic recital is backed by nerve-tingling sensual electronica and draws on the AMSR themes of Perila's WET series. With overtly erotic themes rarely encountered (well-executed bordering non-existent) within experimental music, it's this that could easily become the focal point of the record, yet it's Perila's captivating, free-float sound design that holds it all together, finding a sorta sweet spot between Sam Kidel, INA-GRM Concrète and Western Mineral. Yup, it's a good one and also a brave release from a young label continuing to push in a really interesting direction for contemporary experimental music. (MINT / NEW).
Tracklist A1 Natʼs Poems 12:29 A2 Mouth Full Of Tahini 7:02 B1 Sweat 12:31 B2 XY Object Of Desire 3:43 B3 Message From Another Table 3:53