First Listen: XIII – ‘Curve D’argento╯’ (Gang of Ducks)

Obfuscation and audial darkness are two of the most distinguishable features of Turin/Berlin based label Gang Of Ducks, and in their five years of existence the collective have garnered widespread acclaim for their unique brand of noise.

They refuse to pin themselves down with a singular genre policy, describing their label’s eclectic musical ethos as “HandmadeCyberSpiritualPunkSci-Lo-Fi”. Featuring a hugely varied palette of sound across their releases, the collective’s constant innovation has led Gang Of Ducks to become one of leftfield electronic music’s best recognised underdogs.

Their latest record comes via Turn artist and Gang Of Ducks member XIII. Real name Alessio Capovilla, the mysterious producer released his debut album, No (The Relative Effect of Explication), in 2015.

Returning with Eocity, the project features the use of a Yamaha ex5r, one of the first synths to ever implement VL synthesis. A study on technological failure and the imagination of a non-existent urban landscape, Eocity’s narrative is “a world where man is not around anymore and the binary language survived him, communicating with the rest of the natural environment, in respect of its laws and dynamics, becoming one indistinct entity.”

Today we premiere album cut ‘Curve D’argento╯’, where a scrapyard jumble of twisted mechanics, delicate choral harmonies and samurai sound design bring life and imagination to XIII’s lost world.

XIII’s Eocity is out June 15 on Gang Of Ducks.

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