Liminal Zones is the new EP by young Bratislava based ear scratcher Jonatán Pastirčák. Marking a significant paradigm shift in Proto Sites' sonic geography Pastirčák pushes things into territories of hires electroacoustic energy, contextualizing neofuturistic aesthetics into vast textured landscapes of distorted cello, synthetic wines and organic crunching paths. At its core, Liminal Zones floats through recognisable sonic objects; acoustic voices mimic electronic processing and vice versa, creating a fragile simulacra in constant flux. Some elements, like recordings of airflow through huge Organ pipes were picked up during an artist residency in Stavanger, Norway in 2015.
Up until the closing track 'Illulisa', the EP moves in rather entropic fashion, It’s a work of high dynamic and visceral contrast. The opener 'Train Fuck Koto' starts with ambient hum quickly masked by what seems to be a binaural recording of metallic origin. Koto strings with glimpses of harmony surface and are cut by layers of textured hiss, pounding bass and heavy tonalities. With 'VVR Asylum' the sonic topography of Liminal Zones gradually cracks and opens towards higher level of sparseness and abstraction leaving behind visions of spaces fluctuating to the vibrating heavily distorted subs and dripping synths. A staccato beat ruptures the atmosphere, caustic and raw.
Eerie synth lines crawling around, striped down nonlinear beats and off kilter high-hats then dissolve into ‘Maranat’ a six minute deep dive into the abyss. Rapid screeches slice the thick air. Sharp sonic attacks are scattered around the spectrum. As everything is about to peak over the edges when we are then dissolved into the final fully acoustic chapter of 'Illulisa'. It is an act of freeing these elements from their fundamental environment and placing them in a breathable, sparse, new space.
released August 21, 2016
music by Pjoni
design by Matúš Hnát
cut by Christoph at Dubplates and Mastering
released by Proto Sites
distributed by Lobster Distribution