Following his sophomore album on Regis’ Downward imprint back in February 2016, Samuel Kerridge returns with a three-track EP for the label, titled The Silence Between Us.
With signature releases such as the Always Offended Never Ashamed LP on his own Contort label, Kerridge has stealthily established himself as a frontrunner in the field of uncompromising music. He is a producer who thinks in rhythm rather than in spoken language, and who finds a poetic value in garbled, illegible communications, stripping them of their specific meanings in order to focus more squarely on their emotional content.
His newest release takes the next step forward in his style that was birthed on his previously releases with the Downwards label – intensely industrial and white-hot percussion paired with groaning and hissing synth lines.
While still drawing upon the pummeling aesthetic of his previous records, The Silence Between Us has a more fleet-footed approach that represents a further evolution in Kerridge’s sound. This is immediately clear on the opening track Posession Control, where Kerridge builds rhythmic motifs that continuously threaten to erupt into a chaotic frenzy.
Knowing a good thing when he sees it, Kerridge kicks off the B side in similar style with Ascension,
whose clever layering of shivering and panning effects makes it feel like a high-speed, weightless journey through a maze of interlocking glass panes.
Radical Possibilities of Pleasure closes out this episode of Kerridge’s psychodrama with a spine-tingling hybrid in a class of its own: Criss-crossing synth sequences act like a mass of searchlights set on random, while the abrupt ‘start/stop’ momentum of the tracks hearkens back to the type of work that put Kerridge’s previous LPs on the map.
The Silence Between Us once again proves that Kerridge’s sound might not be for the faint-hearted, however, individuals looking to shed their faint-heartedness will find that the sophistication and relentless of its attack makes for a perfect training program into the realm of this type of music.
The EP is set for a release in physical 12″ and digital forms on October 5th. View the EP teaser below via the YouTube player.