¥843 syl kougaï. ΙΧΘΥΣ extended. cd. november2k16.



Ether Dimethyl

Corvus (Janus Mix) *.mp3
Picker Épiméthée *.mp3
Mars *.mp3
IXOY3 Is Out Today *.mp3
Deutera Ousia *.mp3
Opale Tridymite *.mp3
Picker Clock *.mp3
Alpha Motor *.mp3
Ether Diethyl *.mp3
Ether Khaos *.mp3
Alpha&Omega (15:18) *.mp3
Deutera Parousia *.mp3
Corvus (Vulcain Mix) *.mp3
Alpha Picker *.mp3
Apparition (Exclusive CD bonus track) *.mp3

UPC: 821272219026
Release Date: November 07, 2016

Following the release ΙΧΘΥΣ, which was described by the distinguished project Plaid (Warp Records) as a ‘Most excellent album’ and selected as the best album of 2015 by Touched Music, DSPH Sounds, Dmute and Lostinsound, ΙΧΘΥΣ Extended is, as the title suggests, the extension of a startling opus. It is a collection of 16 alternative versions and unreleased tracks from the same era and includes some of ΙΧΘΥΣ's key titles like ‘Corvus’, ‘Opale Verniss’ or ‘Ether’ in re-interpreted and transformed versions.

There is a lot of depth to explore in this album, revealing itself over multiple listens, especially in the new and unexpected aspects of the astounding re-worked tracks. A stylistically wide range of contemporary electronics between experimental soundscapes and beat-oriented melodic tunes, along with partial use of vocoder-processed vocals generate perplexing one-of-a-kind mood changes. The coexistence of sonic density and skeletal minimalism create a continuous arc of suspense which is a trademark for Syl Kougaï's singular composition skills. ΙΧΘΥΣ Extended displays a yet undiscovered part of a very personal universe - accept the invitation.

ΙΧΘΥΣ Extended is released as a compact disc including an exclusive bonus track on Hymen Records and on Syl Kougaï's Bandcamp store in 24-bit high quality digital formats.

syl kougai’s ΙΧΘΥΣ extended is a puzzler. is it a re-release of his album ΙΧΘΥΣ (schematic, 2015) is it a companion to ΙΧΘΥΣ? is it an ep? is it a remix album? is it a dessert topping? a floor wax? what is it? most of the songs clock in below 3:50 but are not pop ditties. they exhibit the freneticism one equates with idm /electronica but quite honestly lack the staying power any song needs these days to retain a listener or repeat listening. kougai’s technical skills are without question (his studio tweaking videos are must see viewing for anyone interested in electronic music let alone any electronic music artists). however despite his skills there is a certain cold sterility to the music on ΙΧΘΥΣ extended as if it is waiting for someone to breath life into it. certain tracks do stand out such as “corvus [janus mix]” with its steady fm synth funk. “picker épiméthée” has a nice dark ambience about it. “opale tridymite” chugs along with a loping groove and some nice atmospherics, reminiscent of autechre for sure. but tracks like “mars” with its meandering beats and melody, “alpha aigis” with its 200bpm workout underpinning vocoded voices, and “ixoy3 is out today” (which is literally just computer voices from an apple computer saying “ixoy3 is out today” over and over and over) make you wonder if kougai’s taking the piss, trying to show he has a sense of humor or is just trying to fill up space. in the absence of evidence to the contrary it remains unclear. ΙΧΘΥΣ extended is a hesitant followup to the brilliance of ΙΧΘΥΣ. use caution when listening. (chang terhune)


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Discography 11/2016:
ΙΧΘΥΣ Extended. CD. Hymen Records ¥843 / Bleeding Arts #A007 - 2016
ΙΧΘΥΣ Transmission. Digital Album. Bleeding Arts #A006 - 2016
ΙΧΘΥΣ. CD. Hymen Records ¥835 / 2xLP. Schematic Records sch116 - 2015
Twinkling Six. Video & Digital Single. Bleeding Arts #T06 - 2016
Twinkling Five. Video & Digital Single. Bleeding Arts #T05 - 2015
Twinkling Four. Video & Digital Single. Bleeding Arts #T04 - 2015
Twinkling Three. Video & Digital Single. Bleeding Arts #T03 - 2014
Twinkling Two. Video & Digital Single. Bleeding Arts #T02 - 2013
Twinkling One. Video & Digital Single. Bleeding Arts #T01 - 2013
Orage Majorelle. Digital EP. Bleeding Arts #A004 - 2013
Metaswing. CD / Digital Album. Bleeding Arts #A003 - 2010
La Fille Verte. CD / Digital Album. Bleeding Arts #A002 - 2007
Green Live Tracks. Digital EP. Bleeding Arts #A001 - 2006

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