After an excellent 12” on SHXCXCHCXSH’s Rösten imprint, SSTROM has dropped his first full length, titled Otider. By far his most diverse offering. Otider positions the tracks out of a specific context and represents them as rediscovered artefacts relating to the artist’s personal experiences.
Otider slightly distances SSTROM from typical techno as the compositions elegantly drift between lush transparency and thick grooves of outsider/lo-fi house, seen in Kronofobi or Svävaren. However, SSTROM also presents sensitive, yet subtly monolithic and mellow techno on Damm and I Huvudet.
In Modernisten there are traces of coldwave/synth aesthetics with melancholic guitars sweeping over hypnotic rhythmic patterns, while closing effort Sov Nu introduces a darker form of garage music with light synthpads constantly surfacing among raw mechanical beats.
All the tracks were created between 2010 and 2017 by working with freedom and without deadlines, where his hands work without interference from his head. This freedom could be felt across the release, which juggles different musical forms so lightly and organically, but maintains a coherent vision, illustrating the vast scope and diversity of the artist.
Otider is out now via Rösten in both 12″ and digital formats. Listen to Damm below.