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array

Old friends Katie Rose and Shawn O’Sullivan, aka Further Reductions, collaborate again with the label. This time the Brooklyn NY two-piece brings a more lo-fi, moody, and outstretched collection of tracks to the table. Each track an instance of their ongoing exploration of new sounds, the defining characteristic of their work. This material evokes the spirit of mellow 90s, acid-era, Psychic TV-ish, lucid dreaminess. Soothing, monotonous, yet disrupted by a feast of kicks reminiscent of Gary Numan drum parties. Summer darkness.
Artwork by Patrick Savile, mastered by Wouter Brandenburg.

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Mastered by – Brandenburg Mastering
Artwork – Patrick Savile

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Review

Rush Hour Record of the week

Three years ago Knekelhuis released ‘Disparate Elements’, an EP that quickly became somewhat of a Rush Hour staple. The Brooklyn duo’s second EP for the Amsterdam powerhouse imprint was worth the three year wait.

‘Array’ perfectly balances Shawn O’ Sullivan’s love for clunky beats and hypnotically atmospheric textures with Katie Rose’s (dream)pop sensibility, resulting in a hazy yet infectious work of pure bliss that gets more extraverted by the track.

The aptly titled ‘Dense as Smoke’ opens the Array EP in a sultry cloud of mist – a sonic fata morgana that has Rose reciting dreamlike poetry hiding somewhere behind an atmospheric thousand and one nights backdrop.

The sound opens up a bit more on the hypnotic title track, a slowly rotating thumper with spaced-out shoegaze vocals, before the tempo and mood pick up on ‘Only in my Mind’, that sounds like a drugged-out after hours take on a forgotten Gesloten Cirkel track.

The duo closes this great EP in style with the addictive ‘More Than Just a Dream’, a lingering earworm with stuttering Blue Monday-beats, droney bleeps and nagging synth loops that pull you in whether you like it or not. Another great EP by Further Reductions and a great addition to the ever expanding Knekelhuis catalog (by Rogier Oostlander).

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