In between collaborative projects, Phirnis gives us his first solo release in two years, the playful 2 Remixes by Phirnis. While many of his previous offerings were all about noise as ambient drone, this one is about noise as a process.
Presenting two previously unreleased tracks taken from the Sleepers/Apnoea sessions, in which a musical motif is torn in two directions. Phirnis intricately builds strata upon strata of introspective swathes of sound, while Katarrhaktes takes the listener to an uncomfortable landscape of pounding, industrial horror.
In their second full-length split LP, Phirnis and Katarrhaktes collaborate to bring you the unsettling Apnoea; seven sleep-deprived tracks of industrial/ambience which slip between modes of melody, musique concrete, and extreme electronic dissonance.
Reviews: Ambient Exotica
Regular Fwonk* artists Phirnis and Katarrhaktes have colluded to devise this split LP. Resting somewhere between noise and ambience, Sleepers recalls the uncomfortable mode of comfort between the comatose and wakeful states. Fragments of sound play back like phantom memories, washing and repeating upon themselves as waves upon the shores of the mind.
Every milestone is just as important as the last, no mountain is too high to climb. For this, our 150th release on the label, we present to you a new compilation featuring 12 exclusive new songs and mixes from our artists, including 3dtorus, Antti Tammimaa, echosonic, Heskin Radiophonic, hxw hxw, Katarrhaktes, Quiggers, and we are not broken. Here’s to 150 more to come! Cheers!
If someone said to you, “I’m going to play you a song about love”, what would you expect to hear?
The basic ideas for Lovers had been fostering for months, coming on the heels of last year’s full-length album, Feeding Lions. This standalone new track is ripe with tension, a recording both unrelenting and oddly beautiful, like the proverbial sound of cymbals crashing. It was written and produced by Kai Ginkel aka Phirnis, with an astonishing remix by Katarrhaktes on the flipside.
When at the beach on a glorious Summer’s day, the lovely lads and ladies at the fantastic Fwonk* studios promise they will never wear those sweaty speedos you most earnestly wish you hadn’t bought them for Christmas in jest. Nor will they torture you with terror-inducing spray-on tan lines or sandy crotch-paunches. Nope. Not now. Not ever. Our hands may be behind our backs, but that doesn’t mean our fingers are crossed.
Compiled, mastered and designed by Katarrhaktes.
Kai Ginkel, recording under the Phirnis moniker. Currently living in Vienna.
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