Libido Formandi is a a new project by a known face from the Hands label roster, Greek artist Manos Chrisovergis aka Last Days Of S.E.X., as such known as purveyor of relentless pounding industrial noise. This new creative output is aptly named: Libido Formandi means the desire to create new forms, and really, it is quite a different cup of tea.
‘Insignificancy Rising’ is dominated by remarkably versatile rhythms, alluring shuffle beats in the lower bpm range that are consequently broken up and twisted, sped up to pounding momentum, or even distorted into digital abstraction.
This rhythmic backbone is then contrasted with spiky ambience and fragile melodies. The result is a densely atmospheric and entertaining album following a clear outline, very electronic in sound and yet deeply emotional.
The last two tracks are remixes by the wonderful Subheim and HyDrone, and both follow the same idea: They emphasize the cinematic, soundtrack-like quality of Libido Formandi’s music by means of melodic enhancement. Especially the HyDrone mix, with it’s string and organ sounds and the whispered vocals makes for a dramatic, intense ending of the album.
So has the desire to create new forms been successful? ‘Insignificancy Rising’ operates in the grey area of Industrial music, counteracting the dark and abrasive aspects with tripping grooves. If you like the sound of HANDS label mates Empusae or Morbus M. you should check out this work. In total Libido Formandi clearly presents an idea of it’s own – and simply a remarkable debut!
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