It’s been twenty years now that Synapscape have been showcasing their original and still unique version of rhythmic noise, so it should hardly be a surprise that Rhythm Age, their first album in four years, encompasses material that’s both the same and different all at once. It features some of the heaviest, noisiest tracks they’ve released and some of their catchiest, alongside the syncopated grooves and complex layers of sound that separate them from lesser artists.
Synapscape’s lineup has been consistent through their entire career: Philipp Münch and Tim Kniep collaborate on electronics and programming, while Kniep provides the angelic vocals that are so distinctive to the project. Both have participated in numerous other side projects, including Ars Moriendi, the Rorschach Garden, Monokrom, and Templegarden’s, but Synapscape has been a constant, both for them and for Ant-Zen, the label synonymous with the rhythmic noise genre and the home of every Synapscape release.
Although Rhythm Age doesn’t come out until September 14th, we’re happy to present this preview of what’s in store. ‘Loop’ is one of those tracks that makes it difficult to remain still; its energy is infectious and the insistent beats threaten to bounce you right off your chair.
The video for ‘Loop’ has been created by Dominic F. Marceau of F Squared Media. Marceau is becoming a familiar name, having done video work for a wide variety of electronic artists such as Orphx, Northumbria, Yen Pox, Iugula Thor, and Void Vision. The Dreamachine-like assault of images is a perfect complement to the rattling beats.
Rhythm Age will be available through Ant-Zen and their distributors. ‘Loop’ is available now, but exclusively here.
From the Label:
This important project which has continually displayed a will for development and innovation has turned twenty. Along with this landmark anniversary, Tim Kniep and Philipp Münch a.k.a. Synapscape present their tenth full-length album, Rhythm Age. This release is the result of a four-year process which has included a huge assemblage of selection, refusal, and revision concerning musical influences, instrumentation, and stylistic shape. This detailed and time-consuming method of production is audible on every note of this milestone in Synapscape’s evolution. As the album title suggests, Rhythm Age is focused on mostly different beat variations, ranging from straight and distorted to technoid, complex, and even broken. These manifold rhythmic textures build a solid foundation for both atmospheric and powerful electronic landscapes, solid bass lines, nuanced lead synths, and Tim Kniep’s distinctive processed voice. Stylistically, Synapscape ventured from the oft-used formulaic norm of the industrial genre from the very beginning into different territories—Rhythm Age provides an even more detailed insight into the project’s musically varied sound-design. The thirteen tracks introduce an inimitable combination of rhythmic industrial, IDM, electroclash, and experimental tunes with the hard-to-define, special character of Synapscape’s approach. This album is an outstanding arc of suspense whose many facets will show up after repeated listening—a merging of modern versus ancient, as digital and analogue as music can get. Welcome to the rhythm age!