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29.09.2014 - 21:17 Uhr
tētēma release Geocidal on December 8th via Ipecac Recordings

tētēma, a new duo featuring Anthony Pateras and Mike Patton release their debut album, Geocidal, on December 8th via Ipecac Recordings.

Pateras is an Australian composer/pianist who has released eighteen albums over the last decade under a variety of monikers including bands Thymolphthalein and Pivixki, a pair of solo albums on Tzadik, a film soundtrack on Editions Mego, and a 5-CD box set detailing his work for keyboards, orchestra and percussion. Tiny Mix Tapes said Pateras’ music offers a look as to where“trailblazers of avant-garde are heading,” adding music lovers will “be captivated by his bold creative foray.”

“Geocidal started when I locked myself in an ex-convent in rural France for 10 days to think about rhythm and sound,” explained Pateras. “I then went to Paris to record the drums and prepared piano with Will Guthrie...that was the first thing to go down, then all kinds of analogue electronics, followed by orchestrations including strings, winds, brass and orchestral percussion. This process took about a year and a half, and we started to add vocals in January of this year when I visited Mike in San Francisco. We had the craziest 48 hours together, and somewhere in between finishing each other’s thoughts, it became apparent to us that this music was going to be very, very special.”

“The interesting thing about the record is that every element is recorded in a different city, and this gives the sound a displaced, almost vaporous intensity – it comes from both everywhere and nowhere.. Everything on the record is played in live - there are no samples, no sequencing, everything is handcrafted and performed by a human. This is not a Luddite manifesto, it was more a desire to base everything in this music on feel and instinct - to never be told what to do by a machine and embrace the temporal fecundity which comes out of that.”


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30.10.2014 - 23:26 Uhr

tētēma reveal first track from their debut album, Geocidal,
to be released via Ipecac on December 8th

tētēma, a new duo featuring Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras and Mike Patton release their debut album, Geocidal, on December 8th via Ipecac Recordings.

Today we are pleased to share the first insight of the music via the track 'Tenz', which is described by Anthony Pateras as follows..."This track experiments with a palimpsest of rhythmic microcosms, consisting of drums, voice, arp 2600, contrabass recorder, nylon string guitar and marimba. The orchestration attempts to create kaleidoscopic barber pole effect : a constantly rotating electro-acoustic cross-pollination which culminated in some kind of brutal polychronic trance music, albeit with a glockenspiel coda..."

The Quietus, who premiered the track this week commented..."Judging from 'Tenz'...the album promises to be an intriguing affair. It opens with the lumbering rhythmical heft that immediately brings to mind Cut Hands, before Patton's incantatory vocals surface and we skirt through jazzy touches and gentle inflections of contrabass recorder and synth, culminating in a full-on, howled assault."


Geocidal is very much Anthony Pateras' vision realised over one and a half years of recording. The record combines various musical elements from analogue electronics, strings, winds, brass, orchestral percussion, and vocals - each recorded in a different location which as Anthony describes creates a "displaced, almost vapourous intensity - it comes from everywhere and nowhere". Every one of these musical elements on Geocidal was also played live, with no samples, handcrafted and performed by a human - stemming from a desire to base everything on feel and instinct. Ultimately then, it represents universality and timelessness in music.

On Geocidal, Pateras balances these kaleidoscopic elements from controlled brooding electronics to unrestrained explosive outbursts. Frenetic, trance-inducing percussion punctuates much of the record, making way for more spacious grooves and jazz rhythms. Elsewhere, widescreen string compositions rouse and stirring piano parts creep in, shifting into film noir atmospherics. All the while, this expansive sonic architecture allows Mike Patton much freedom to display his vast array of vocal techniques.

Combining this method of live recording, and the cross-pollination of an array of musical talent, Pateras allows for absolute stylistic freedom which makes Geocidal a very dynamic and unclassifiable album, where quality is never compromised by the quantity of ideas on display. As Tiny Mix Tapes said of Pateras’ music, it offers a look as to where “trailblazers of avant-garde are heading,” adding music lovers will “be captivated by his bold creative foray.” We couldn't agree more.


2. PURE WAR (2:41)
3. IRUNDI (4:18)
4. THE HELL OF NOW (3:15)
6. 3-2-1 CIVILIZATION (3:36)
7. TENZ (3:23)
8. SUiSHAMAN (0:34)

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