ALEA(s) is delighted to present its first EP at the crossroads of several influences with a singular aesthetic definitely dark, intense and syncopated.
Cathartic, dense, and immersive is the audiovisual experience that ALEA(s) have been proposing since their conception in 2015. The Brussels based group is composed of FSTN behind the illustrations that are brought to life by Boris Wilmot’s work as graphic motion designer and then enveloped in Shakmat’s twisted world of electronic music. The trio strike a stylistic balance in rhythm and deconstruction presented in the form of a live performance that has seen venues in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, and Montreal.
Between Shakmat incessantly thumbing through parameters on his modular synthesizer and FSTN frantically digging, erasing, sometimes tearing into his paper brought together by Boris’s intense and cohesive visual sequencing, the three together make for as much of a performance in their process as their product.
The group’s proposed aesthetic comes off as obscure and imposing, but pummeling nonetheless which is expressed through the physicality of its creators and their audience.
This first EP of the band is the synthesis of the sensibilities of the collective and the logical extension of their live performances of ALEA (s). Beyond the music, drawing and animation find their place there with neat artwork (and a limited series which includes drawings by FSTN the illustrator of the collective) and a vinyl which includes hundreds of drawings forming a mini animation movie loop if the disc is played under a stroboscopic light.
The track “Sneak” announces a tribal and syncopated techno on which evolves a caustic bassline and it transforms later into a harmonic maelstrom. “Sneak” is ALEA(s) most typical production on this EP. A techno which is not attached to a specific scene and which has its roots in many influences: Indus, bass music, noise and new forms of “club – music”.
Grab the complete EP on Bandcamp : https://aleas.bandcamp.com/album/sneak