Cassegrain’s Alex Tsiridis has announced his debut on Avian as Rhyw, titled Cave Walls (Part One). The extended EP, which represents the second outing for Tsiridis under this monikor, sees the British producer pit a handful of hefty dance-floor workouts alongside a pair of more experimental, ambient reductions.
Lead synth melodies drive much of the EP, weaving in and out of the sonic backwater with considerable dynamism – almost hook-like in their execution, sharpened with ample distortion and melding with intricate drum work to create subtle shifts in tone and energy that propel the work forward.
Whilst reduced in its elements, Rhyw sees those elements hard at work. By placing an atypical focus on groove, Rhyw eschews a more linear approach in favour of a king of greyscale funk that finds its potency in the contrast between two ambient components. Iroquois and Aversion Two, the beatless compositions on the EP provide an interesting frame around the three other dancefloor driven efforts. That is, the swirling, paranoid sounds of Aversion to Memory, the chugging groove in Vixen for Society, and the snappy and vibrating Sylvan are highlighted even more so when broken up by the experimental works.
Finding a balance between dancefloor functonality and more leftif-eidl offerings has oft felt like a distinct pattern that Avian has carved out for itself. As Rhyw, Alex Tsiridis perfectly encapsulates this ideal, offering up a journey through a zeitgeisty production aesthetic, comfortably drawing out new space in familiar sounds with a deftness that showcases his considerable talent as a producer.
Cave Walls (Part One) will be released on the 24th July via Avian. Listen to Aversion to Memory below via the Soundcloud player.