Fusing improvisational chaos, serious technical chops and an insatiable urge to create very strange sounds, Chrononautz are making some of the most exciting and original techno in 2015, though their unrestrained music goes far beyond mere functionalism..
Grinding acidic gear and psycotropic madness; esoteric beastings and passages of serene calm; clam fisted grin smithery and off kilter wreckage, the music made by Dom Clare and Leon Carey is the product of an endearing friendship and years spent agitating in the more obscure corners of the Leeds underground. Playing music together since 2000, they initially started to experiment with electronic sounds in the lauded Chops, a band who ably joined the dots between cranky lo fi electronics and the open ended spirit of free jazz. Splitting in 2010, the pair then briefly formed Runners before finding their true calling as Chrononautz.
Self released in 2014, their ‘Public Domain Fuckover Series #1-6’ was quickly picked up by the likes of fellow Leeds resident, ex Blackneck and all round mischievous techno impresario Bleaching Agent as well as Quietus editor John Doran. Drawing on a welter of influences and honing long improvisational sessions, the music contained on the series was an intense, often brutal, depth charge exploration into warped acidic crank. With most tracks hitting the 20 minute mark, their heady vision took hold in a pleasingly immersive fashion, and the series was eventually listed in The Quietus Albums of the Year 2014.
2015, however, is all about ‘Noments’; a record that truly captures the pairs musical essence. Stemming from a desire to start afresh after two years of near constant writing, improvising and recording, ‘Noments' finds Chrononautz delivering their most compelling audio thus far, offering unexpected turns, twisted sound design and moments of rare esoteric beauty, as they explain:
‘‘We're both pretty intense characters. We have a clear vision of what we're trying to achieve, as well as being obsessive about it. For ‘Noments’, we buried ourselves deep in the studio which, by this point, was being regularly polluted by fumes from the car re-spray garage beneath us. Most of our improvisations were either floating off into the ether or really fucking angry, our heads pounding from the obnoxious poisons. We’re talking heavy duty shit - lead - floating into our lungs and fucking with our heads. It's hard to explain how it makes you feel; numb and greasy. It's not good for you, let's put it that way. That's where ‘Noments’ comes from.’’
‘‘We knew we needed to stop our cycle of endless recording. Scrap everything and start fresh so we pressured ourselves. We wanted to make a statement that encapsulates everything we've done so far. It was recorded in two takes, from two different practices in the same week. No thought process, just take a deep breath before entering the fume-filled studio, trust our instincts, and try to remember to stop in time for it to fit on the side of a record. This is the culmination of 15 years of friendship; two obsessive brains unintentionally whacked out on lethal poisons, filtering all our influences and experiences, boiled down to the thrill of having nothing planned. It's hard to convey just how much this record means to us, it's the cleaning of the slate.’’
[Words by Harry Sword]
"It's fucked, sounds like LFO / KLF / RSPCA! Brutal!!!" - Regis on NOMENTS.
Support from Regis, Perc, Bok Bok, DJ Haus (Unknown To The Unknown), The Public Stand, Altered Natives, Truss/Bleaching Agent/Blacknecks and featured by Todd Burns (Resident Advisor, Red Bull Music Academy) in his top 10 tracks of 2012 for New York's Village Voice alongside the likes of Fis, Bass Clef, Amé and Hieroglyphic Being.
PUBLIC DOMAIN FUCKOVER SERIES #1-6 was picked by The Quietus at number 27 in their list of the best 100 albums of 2014.
̸CHRONONAUTZ - NOMENTS - 12" LP and digital (THE QUIETUS PHONOGRAPHIC CORPORATION - GID006V) - released 17th July 2015
[Digital includes remixes by Bleaching Agent and Photonz]
CHRONONAUTZ - PUBLIC DOMAIN FUCKOVER SERIES #7-12 (self released, November 2014, http://chrononautz.bandcamp.com)
VA - FOLDING SPACES II (FOLDING SPACES)
CHRONONAUTZ - PUBLIC DOMAIN FUCKOVER SERIES #1-6 (self released, January 2014, http://chrononautz.bandcamp.com)
VA - DEAD CITIES VOLUME 1 (ONE EYED JACKS)