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Anders Ilar






Image: Anders IlarAnders Ilar's first release for Shitkatapult is also his first release under his own name.

He has previously recorded as Outside and Rend. He is from Goeteborg Sweden, and plays minimal tech-house on the two songs on the A side and pumping minimal stargaze on the flip.

Onehow starts off the 12inch with a steady 4/4 beat and a deep sub bass pulse. Chittering sounds climb up to ear level. A single word emerges, and is carried along for a minute on waves of a receding echo. A single repeated note on the piano precedes a quiet moment. When the music comes back the sound is full, and the piano moves in front on the beat.

Listening to this 12inch I was reminded of an article I recently read on Finnish artist Bangkok Impact. He mentioned that during the winter when the temperature drops to -30 he gets peace and quiet plus the regular displays of the northern lights. Onehow has the wonder and bundled up feel of a walk outside in such places.

Pedal has a quicker beat than Onehow. The beat sounds like an accelerated heartbeat in your head while pedaling through the cold, your ears muffled by hats and scarves. Pedal has a wide sound, with piano giving warmth to the overall feel of the track.

On the flip is the title song Replik. Replik is a different ride than the two songs on the A side. Replik has more of a typical shitkatapult sound, if there is such a thing. Replik starts with a beat, strong in the mix. The beat is Replik. All else in the track is merely burrs on the surface of the beat. The sound is dry: it is not warm and it is not cold. It is just the unstoppable beat.

About halfway into the track things change. A clipped sample of a voice says what sounds like "what's up" (though it sounds like 'sup). A non-musical sound (like knocking on a metal surface) accents the beat. The final third of Replik adds some other sounds, and creates breakdown of the sounds already in the track. The 'sup voice sample is still there, and the machines are skipping about. It is a 4/4 march by the end of the track, all the bit players in this machine track syncopating in their place.

I like both sides of Replik. The feel of each side is very different. Neither side is generic or cliche.

---Carl, January 28, 2003