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Silent Ascent

Downliners Sekt

Silent Ascent

...fusing emotional and metallic
iF1028 (InFiné)
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1
Soul debris

Soul debris

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
08:15 Play $3.40
2
Silent Ascent

Silent Ascent

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
04:36 Play $1.70
3
This American Life

This American Life

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
07:10 Play $3.40
4
Hors phase

Hors phase

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
01:49 Play $1.70
5
Balt Shakt I

Balt Shakt I

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
05:48 Play $3.40
6
Eiger Dreams

Eiger Dreams

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
07:03 Play $3.40
7
Reversal

Reversal

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
01:22 Play $1.70
8
Junior High

Junior High

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
06:13 Play $3.40
9
Etern

Etern

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
05:52 Play $3.40
10
Balt Shakt II

Balt Shakt II

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
06:09 Play $3.40
11
Once Mercurial

Once Mercurial

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
07:48 Play $3.40
12
Give Him Your Heart

Give Him Your Heart

Composer Pere Sole, Fabrizio Rizzin
Band Downliners Sekt
01:23 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 63 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Though Barcelona's Downliners Sekt have been in operation for more than a decade, Silent Ascent is by far their most important album to date. Over a recent string of well-received EPs and singles, the duo has slowly peeled away their post-rock origins, instead grafting shimmering electronic textures onto rapidly limping dub-step grooves.

This album is licensed for download from Infine. 

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Opener 'Soul Débris' soars gracefully across its eight long minutes, with a glowing spoken-word sample that creates an unusually sunny mood. Along with 'Junior High' and 'This American Life', it's the duo's most straightforward work in a long time, more influenced by the drift of dub than on previous releases. Menace lurks, but it keeps to the background. Static eats away at the edges of 'Soul Débris', and quick, startling sounds burst and die out in a mere moment. Relegating these devices to the peripheries makes for a smoother result.

'Balt Shakt', a two-part single that preceded Silent Ascent last year, forms a bridge between the group's then and now. These two are pockmarked by blinding chords and packed with murmuring vocal samples, sometimes pleasant and sometimes sinister. The title track, meanwhile, hearkens back to their old sound with a windswept garage beat, sweeping chords and a buzzing climax that'd make anyone take notice.

There's a moment late into the album when the quiet hiss of 'Etern' erupts into a twisted trance reverie, overdriven and decaying as if the duo had picked up a dying signal in their studio. That transient piece of melody seems almost impossible in the context of 'Silent Ascent', which funnels the dark energies of the duo's old work into something more seamless. Like some of 2014's other great techno albums, 'Silent Ascent' finds tension in confident, mature composition.

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