First Listen: Patricia – ‘Placeholder’ (Nona Records)

Brooklyn artist Max Ravitz returns to his Patricia alias on Nona Records with a fierce collection of acid electro cuts. 

First bringing his Patricia moniker to light with 2013’s Body Issues cassette, Ravitz’ raw techno grooves and fuzzy textures drew early comparisons to the lo-fi crunch of fellow New York based musicians Anthony Naples and Huerco S. Having since explored a number of dancefloor formulas via several aliases and labels including Opal Tapes, L.I.E.S. and Spectral Sound, Ravitz’ ability to build murky and woeful environments from a collection of dusty modular synthesizers makes his sound entirely his own.

Following up the excellent 3LP record – Several Shades of the Same Color, his latest effort as Patricia, Free Lunch, sees him continue to tool and retool his modular synth rack, producing “energetic electro tracks that show a shift from the familiar hazy murkiness to a more present sound and almost song-like writing that introduces some more layered melodies, acid grooves and luscious pointillism.”

Today we pick out EP cut ‘Placeholder’, where a sorrowful weight bleeds through the surface and squeaky synth lines slowly drift of course but never quite lose site of their destination.

Free Lunch EP is out August 30 on Nona Records

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