LA-based electronic wizard Amon Tobin again teamed up with Dutch composer and producer Thijs de Vlieger of Noisia, with their cinematic ‘Ithaca’ EP dropping back in November 2020. The fractal five-track offering was an odyssey into the unknown, carefully constructed, intricately layered and arranged with purity of intent.
Following the pair’s beautiful ‘Ghostcards’ EP, its expansive, textural soundscapes captured the best of both worlds – glacial majesty and a complex drone substratam that resonates deeply. Here Thys and the Noordpool Orchestra present a stunning rendition of EP track ‘Turning Point.’
It was recently announced bass behemoths Noisia are to split after a formidable 20 years, and Thys (Thijs’ solo alias) unleashed his own ‘Unmoved Mover’ / ‘Unwound’ EP in August. Aside from collaborative and soundtrack work, his debut solo release saw the multi-faceted artist step into the limelight and enter a clubbier realm. The urgent offering was an expression of his ongoing fascination with narrative and visual music, and a valiant attempt to merge the two. His solo material is a more accurate representation and true expression of the sounds he identifies with now.
Aside from the aforementioned soundtrack, other notable projects aside from ‘Ithaca,’ include remixes for Machinedrum, TOKiMONSTA and Addison Groove and a B2B set with long term friend and electronic powerhouse Skrillex at Groningen’s infamous OOST Club. Unquestionably hailed as one of electronica’s most exciting and innovative artists, Amon Tobin’s own output is prolific and consistently impressive. His Nomark Records imprint is home to a series of aliases each with its own unique musical identity. Last years ‘Fear in a Handful of Dust’ and ‘Long Stories’ albums under Amon’s own name were followed by ‘Time to Run’ as his Only Child Tyrant alias. The triumphant return of Amon’s Two Finger’s moniker saw the release of this years ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’ LP. Then to overwhelming acclaim, the unveiling of the most unexpected alias of all in Figueroa’s debut ‘The World As We Know It’.
Written at Amon’s studio in LA and finished and mastered at Thijs’ studio in Groningen, ‘Ithaca’ is an unnerving feast for the ears with a distinct curative vibe. A thought-provoking collection of tracks that ebb and flow with intention and force, the pairs discreet use of textural elements coalesce to sustain a deeply introspective and nostalgic mood. It makes for a wholly immersive and atmospheric experience, delivered by two artists at the top of their creative game.