Bicep's Rain EP comes flanked by a new video for Rain– or, “video mulch”, in the words of director Luke Wyatt, AKA Torn Hawk. A producer, DJ and NTS host, his video uses old film footage, edited together and overlaid with glitching VHS and computer generated images. Snakes and mazes repeatedly crop up, nodding to a complex web of allusions which – including the concept of kundalini, whose roots are in eastern spiritualism – tie together the disparate source material composing the video. “As we ditch our snake legacy and find a way out of the maze, eureka moments fall down in a constant soft rain,” further explains Wyatt.
Rain is backed by a new track ‘Helix’, which pairs warm synth brushstrokes with terse, bleepy modular sequences. ‘Helix’ also receives a vinyl release as the B side to the excellent Four Tet remix of Opal.
Released on Ninja Tune, ‘Bicep’ was heralded as one of the best-realised dance music albums of 2017, going in at #20 in the UK album charts. It channeled a many-sided, personal gamut of club music influences – including (but not limited to) house, garage, ambient and breakbeat – into an album that’s as innovative as it is well-schooled in music, successfully striking that elusive sweet spot: making dancefloor-minded creations that work just as well for home listening. Bicep are currently working on new music….
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We are lucky to have the guy making music for us: even if his evolutionary leaps are not that jarring post - Rival Dealer (in my opinion at least), the emotional impact of his music remains extremely potent. spiros_metsouggis
The collage of sounds on this record fit so well together: traditional instruments, electronic dance, experimental soundscapes, IDM... The individual tracks are great, but this project truly excels when taken as a complete work. If you're at all interested in what's going on in the forefront experimental electronic music, this is where you should start Ryan Krantz