Los Angeles producer Datach'i broke a decade long silence in some style, with 2016's 'System' underlining his idiosyncratic potency.
The producer - Joseph Fraioli - has a real sense of musicality to his touch, able to make machines sing in the most humane manner.
New album 'Bones' is out shortly, released through Venetian Snares' Timesig imprint, and it features 12 tracks of expansive, heavily emotive electronics.
A vastly creative return, 'Bones' was spurred in part by a highly personal sense of loss - Datach'i was grieving for his father during much of the album process.
"My father and I were very close," he explains. "Whilst he was sick with cancer I bought him a guitar as he wanted to learn how to play, just to have something to do while he was getting treated.”
“After he passed away my mother gave me the guitar to have as a sort of memory of him. I had the idea to record some sounds and music on the guitar and load it onto granular sample players on the modular synth so I could make new music from those sounds as a sort of tribute to my dad. You can hear some of those sounds on a few of the tracks here like 'Arrivals', 'Motion in the Living Room' and 'Undimension'."
There's a broaden sense of emotional richness running throughout the record, and this is evident on the bittersweet bubbling synths of 'Saugerties Road'.
Toying with memory, nostalgia, and ambition, it finds the producer entering modular heaven, and comes equipped with visuals that display a little of his working process.
If - like us - you can't get enough of watching producer's toy with their kit, then 'Saugerties Road' will be a hypnotic experience.
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Everyone who pre-orders the album via Bandcamp will be entered into a competition to win a TipTop Audio ONE modular sampler loaded with samples used on this album.
In addition the the first 500 people to pre-order the album will also receive a free 19 track bonus CD.
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