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Album of the Week: The Advent 'Sonic Intervention'

Sonic Intervention - the first full-length album from The Advent in seven years - is indicative of the apparent fertility within ‘proper tough four fours’.

Artist: The Advent
Album: Sonic Intervention
Label: H-Productions
Release Date: 24/09/12

From work alongside Industrialyzer, to his extensive solo output, the word uncompromising comes to mind whenever Cisco Ferreira is mentioned in conversation. As such his latest LP is a pretty typical outing for the man in question.

More so, Sonic Intervention - the first full-length album from The Advent, to use his production name, in seven years - is indicative of the apparent fertility within ‘proper tough four fours'. Forsaking difference for DJ-focused roll and 4AM energy then, this is certainly one for anyone tiring of slo-mo styles and smooth deepness.

Kicking off with what could be an homage to electronic stalwarts like Georgio Moroder and Steve Reich, you can be forgiven for thinking Present Voyage is the beginning to some futurist journey in experimental sounds. Huge synth arpeggios and space saw chords nod to the era of great sci-fi scores, sounding a little like Bladerunner read through rave, at once nasty and analogue, offering a lengthy beatless opening worthy of the drums to follow.

Once they arrive we're quickly locked into the tight, solid rhythms that emerge. If you're not already familiar with The Advent then the fact this release comes via H Productions, the label run by Cari Lekebusch (who appears on the album as co-producer of bleak bleep-led stepper Arrival) should confirm the contents are more hypnotic and meaty rather than stripped and minimal, although more humanistic canons are referenced with funk accents, bouncy b-lines and string stabs; far from by numbers.

Needless to say those elements are fed through a late night, dark room filter that could out session a Duracell bunny on speed, making for a celebration of heads down culture, separating the men and women from boys and girls. Instances such as Need House- all frantic percussive rolls and sharp, crescendo-creating noises- provide a case in point. As does the throbbing, metallic and rather daunting NZT (featuring that long-standing partner Industrialyzer), and closing electro-break Electric Pandemic, with its huge organ melody. Fans of quiet folk who make much noise with knobs and buttons take note then.

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