The Slovakian electro-indie duo Benjamin Gabe are finalising details for an EP release later this year.
Following on from the 2016 EP First Wings – the first track to surface from the forthcoming EP – Speed Of Light is of more spiralling texture, that has a palpable sense of optimism which spreads through the listener, within its generous gazey landscape.
Their most recent release the single Scales, which came out last month and is available on bandcamp, has a progressive air to it as a wide panorama of backwash opens the piece which reflects how easy it is to become trapped on a treadmill leading to theoretical pastures greener. The angular granularity of the guitar and percussions adds to the morose atmosphere and sense of futility which courses through Scales.
Abscondo from Košice in Slovakia is the alt-synth quartet of Mark Manney, Filip Kluknavský, Martin Lechman and Tibor Dragon.
There is a tangible warmth that soaks into the room on hitting play as Abscondo expresses human touch and connectivity in a world that is growing ever further apart with relationships increasingly becoming mere pixels on a screen.
The deep flow of synth gives the music a fullness and emotional expression around which the instruments congregate and a sympathetic percussion glues the sound together, whilst a strangely hypnotic vocal rounds out the experience.
Releases are far and few between with the last EP having been released last year the four track Travelpics EP (which is available on bandcamp), though there are rumours of an LP waiting in the wings. Live performances also seem sparse and I do hope that both gaps are filled as the music that does exist is to be imbibed like a honey elixir.
A recent video is perhaps a precursor to renewed activity, something I certainly would like to hear as Abscondo is a band who add much to the world of music.