Paying tribute to Latin and Greek authors Ovid and Heraclitus in a suite of sublime electronics and cryptic rhythms comparable to a theatrical soundtrack, Forma is the result of years of daily chats between the London and Athens-based artists where they cemented the album's concept around key quotes by the legendary poet/philosophers, who hail from their respective homelands of Italy and Greece.
On this timeless plane, Natalizia and Papadatos spaciously consolidate their contrasting, rhythm-driven approaches in a reverberant, often beatless sphere of exploration. Removed from their usual handrails, the artists operate at their most open-ended and suggestive, amorphously shapeshifting from gloaming shadowplays of synth and keys to investigate arcane percussive impulses and iridescent ambient whorls.
The result is a perfect, finely shaded marriage of their mutually esoteric, outsider Southern European energies, which intuitively acknowledges and inhabits the paradoxes of their respective styles. The illusively static yet mercurial ebb and flow of the atmospheric intro Fallite Fallentes sets the scene, where Dum Loquor Hora Fugit invokes a viscous but brittle tangle of wide bass and pointillist rhythms beside a stately cello vignette Ludicrum that recalls aspects of Scott Walker's mystic charm Soused.
The rapid arps and slow moving, glassy pads of Pauper Ubique Iacet conjure a sublime tension that becomes diffused into the cavernous, hollow dub dread of Ut Ameris Amabilis Esto, possessed with its throaty, processed vocal, and the lonely strings and plasmic electronics of Forma Bonum Fragile Est connotes a psychedelic coming-to-terms with their artistic/philosophic duality. Total pearl this one.
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