DIGIV038: Perispirit “Spiritual Church Movement” LP
DIGIV038: Perispirit “Spiritual Church Movement”
It’s almost winter as I write this and I am pretty sure everything is about to fall apart. Perispirit is the duo of Ricardo Donoso and Luke Moldof and they have been haunting the Northeast for a couple of years now. After a slew of releases on Hospital & Ricardo’s own Semata Productions, Spiritual Church Movement has Perispirit taking an unexpected turn as they unleash their most cohesive and accomplished work to date.
Spiritual Church Movement is the sound of two worlds colliding and forming something entirely new in the aftermath. In this case, digital and analog systems are turned against each other. Moldof’s analog source material was blitzed and manipulated while Donoso worked his sorcery via digital matrix, showing that both approaches can win the prize. Squalid sonic debris spilled out and melted together with beats that are barely there and melodic shrapnel to create this weirdly compelling, utterly disjointed composition. This is dense music with layer-upon-layer of treatments and tones that could only be combined by two people who are as confident as they are diabolical.
If you thought Moldof and Donoso were concerned about expectations, Spiritual Church Movement is proof that that is the last thing on their minds. Synthesizers are mauled by digital processes, battered down to bare bones. The duo turns these passages of melody into disease-stricken robots, lurching into the black of night. Paired with fractured, plodding rhythms, at times this sounds like Autechre attempting to make a noise record. It is well and truly fucked.
The expertise with which everything is constructed, though, is what makes these pieces excel. Everything is where it should be and the combination is almost religious in its attention to detail. But before the duo gets too close to the sun, everything is burned to the ground and the process starts over. It’s almost arrogant how often they fuck with your perception of what this record is, but that punk rock attitude is what helps take this to a different level. Just when you think you have it figured it out, Spiritual Church Movement is off to another disfigured frontier.
Over the course of these two sprawling sides, the cult of Perispirit is born. Ricardo Donoso and Luke Moldof are convinced that anything is possible and nothing is out of bounds. Spiritual Church Movement is their manifesto and at the end of it all, they are the fucking kings.
Mastered by James Plotkin and cut to vinyl by Rashad Becker at D+M Berlin.
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