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British guys in their naval uniforms by Okey Szoke

Album Description

On International Germans, Okey Szoke (Sam Szoke-Burke) uses silence and irregular loops to experiment with ambience and dynamics. Each track explores different terrains and moods, beginning with plaintive, snowy textures (International Germans) before exploring compositions that are more urgent and dramatic (British guys in their naval uniforms), and sun-melted (Cowbell
in palm). Each track is built from sparsely assembled loops, all of which have different lengths. Each composition’s elements thus have repetition as a common feature, but are arranged in a way that ensures that the piece never repeats itself. This separates the release from composers working with phase pattern arrangements, where different tempos neatly link in and out of rhythm according to clear mathematical patterns. The album is bolstered by recordings made outside of the studio, including multiple anonymous voicemails received in early 2016. Attempts were made to contact the caller but were ultimately unsuccessful. This marks the first non-percussive EP by Okey Szoke whose previous releases have focused on the intersection of tambor zao and bass music (Mahangu, 2015), tarraxo and fodencia (Spiced Bun, 2014), and minimal techno (Work, 2013). Sam Szoke-Burke hails from Australia and is currently based in New York, where he works on human rights issues associated with international investment. He is the co-founder of Brother Sister Records.



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