Lu Katavist - Inburst
Katavist (real name Luka Höfler) tickles the ear with timbres and melodies in xenharmonic scales and likes to inspire a minds eye landscape for the listener to populate with their own experiences, focusing on scattered and layered frequency bands and melody to create a vibrant and evolving mise-en-scene to paint with.
Opener ‘Slaft Inburst’ morphs warped electronic brass with tangled webs of static. ‘Drop Zerdehnung’ is a 11-minute journey beginning with disquieting bell chimes and blocks of stillness, that throughout its crawl slowly begin to amass darkened slabs of fizzling menace, hazed by an insect like chirping. In this mass of bass and texture, Höfler weaves multiple frequency bands in and out of pitch that sound uncannily like moans, that mask the buried melody, hidden under these shimmering textures. ‘Needle Sandwich’ sears the listener’s ears with shafts of coruscating sine tones that shriek like violins.
The second side is largely formed of a triptych of works mining a similar vein, containing raucous bursts of stinging white noise that punctuate the icy stillness in a hair raising fashion. All three instances anchored by bubbling submarinal tones that evoke Höfler’s bass music roots with his Elfish Echo IDM project. ‘Fingerzeugung – The Coagulated Sea’ is the second long form excursion and a fittingly grandiose closer to a mesmeric record. ‘Undult’ acts as a precursor to the piece, beginning with spidery chimes of manipulated zithers that wink like sparkles of light on a rolling wave. The final tracks bleed together, a tide that blooms and crashes in around ghosted, gravely electronics and built of a swathe of serene yet emotive waveforms redemptive in colour.
Like all of the pieces that make up the record, Höfler lets his machines voice their strange beauty in an organic manner where the delicacies of the sonics are richly revealed.