Five years after their debut, INIT‘s sound remains as hard to pin down as it is unmistakable. On their new album, ‘Gravity’, Benedikt Frey & Nadia D’Alò continue to merge elements of house, electro, acid & post-punk, this time with a ‘lighter & more playful’ perspective. The structures are more concise, vocals are more prominent & there’s a greater presence of pop elements.
In this INIT deliver some of their most memorable tracks to date. Recorded in their Berlin home, ‘Gravity’ is the result of the duo experimenting in the studio while searching for new material for their live set. Some of the inspiration came from new gear such as the vocoder we hear on tracks like ‘Disk-O’ or ‘Jungle’. Other cuts were influenced by their immediate context. ‘Wrong Coded’ calls out the territorial way some men behave towards women on the dancefloor. Lyrics are also important in ‘Half Life’, a moody ballad about the hardships of the Berlin winter.
While in typical INIT fashion the general tone is slo-mo, narcotic & haunting, there’s also a place for fast-paced cuts like ‘Follow The Strings‘, which reminisces about rave euphoria from an ethereal perspective. Fresh angles from a duo who keep pursuing a very personal take on shadowy electronics. It might be more immediate but it’s as mystifying as ever. The album comes in a limited edition cassette with artwork by Arnau Pi.
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