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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Anticipation's desolate disco debut

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  • CHRIS DARESTA

Chris Daresta has been a key aspect of Atlanta's experimental, noise and goth scene for quite some time now as a member of noise-veering, rhythm-oriented projects Roman Photos, Suitcases, and Gold Painted Nails (Daresta's previous solo project), all defunct acts that served as cornerstones for niche sounds in the city. Anticipation, Daresta's current solo project, builds on sonic traits embedded in those dormant projects while regressing into stripped down, bleak dance music. The project's name is a perfect fit for the sounds and demeanor translated to tape, with extended buildup and sustained climaxes. Co-issued by Daresta's own DKA Records and Persistent Midnight, a witching hour-obsessed label operated by Drew Haddon (Warning Light, Outer Gods, Roman Photos, Suitcases, et. al.), Anticipation is the product of a year's worth of synth experimentation and the celebration of minimalism on the dance floor.

Each track begins with a sparse beat and isolated, nearly snuffed out melodies. It's all about the repetition and leaving plenty of breathing room for you to fill in the gaps. It's distant disco for loners. After the brief "Introduction," a palette cleanser that calibrates the synths and drum machines to come, the tape plays through its coldly percussive narrative veering into bits of cold wave, mutant disco, and lushly industrial textures. "Antioch," a tune that falls midway through the set, is a backward swirl of rising synths and neanderthal funk that wallows in its own muted color. The spectrum brightens a bit on "Voices" and "Sexuality 2" with cyclical patterns of pulsing notes and blunt effects. Closing track "Sexuality" recalls Daresta's earliest days in experimental noise, synthesizing howling distortion and truncated loops of noise.

Daresta provides a bit of context for Anticipation by explaining:

"The tape is mainly instrumental recordings from my first year of working on the project but I wanted to put them out. I mainly wanted it to be more of an instrumental tape you put in your car and leave in. Or music for cleaning your house to. I have been working on music that has vocals and been performing with vocals but I mainly just wanted to learn how my analog synthesizers worked, and this is the product of that. A lot of it is super minimal and deconstructed dance music in some ways. I honestly removed a lot of parts so it would seem bare-bones."

Anticipation is available now via Anticipation's Bandcamp.

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