Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) and Félicia Atkinson have joined forces to make their self-titled debut as Naked Island. There’s only two songs from the two, but they both almost hit twenty minutes in playing time. The label describes this as “mutant ambient techno” and I couldn’t agree more. “Deep, Transcendent Waves of Golden Light” seems like it would fit in perfectly with The Warriors soundtrack with its sailing, sharp synthesizer stabs. “Play As It Lays” starts off with a hurried whisper – a drum machine sequence slaves away in the background to create white noise in a matter of seconds. There’s a sense of urgency in the midst of this, but you can’t quite put your finger on what it’s all about. Each layer consumes the next minute after minute, and the space is filled out with as much sound as they could have possibly filled in without overpowering the respective elements; I’d like to add that Pyle’s voice and vocal styling is strongly reminiscent of Thom Yorke’s. Check out both tracks below via the Spotify stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!


The Details

Naked Island is the striking debut collaboration from Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) and Felicia Atkinson (Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier). Their respective unique visions fuse into one bold new deep space soundscape. Their S/T debut is two expansive tracks spread luxuriously across 35 minutes of mutant ambient techno.

In a delicate fugue of influence, amidst ethereal synth mastery, suggestive percussion and whispered vocals, a total collaborative experience is reached.

• Pressed in an edition of 300 copies
• Featues hand assembled lenticular artwork by artist Peter Burr & Laura Brothers.
• Previous Ensemble Economique releases have appeared on Not Not Fun and Dekorder while Felicia’s work has appeared on NNA Tapes and Shelter Press.

Price $17

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