Peter Kirn – Bellona, USA LP
Peter Kirn takes you on a futuristic trip with Bellona, USA
Peter Kirn, the brains behind the celebrated music tech website Create Digital Music and a regular face on the lineup of festivals like CTM, Mutek and Unsound. Last year, he started his own label Establishment records, releasing experimental-leaning techno by artists such as Imaski, Francesco Novara and Nicolas Bougaieff.
Enter “Bellona, USA”, techno driving futurism into a realm of forgotten names and fragmentary narratives, wandering astronauts and optic chains.
The release is a celebratory dance atop a USA in which broadcast media has broken down, amidst a landscape of entangled multi-way love affairs and gangs of wandering lost figures.
“Bellona, USA” is the second full-length album of Establishment label head and esteemed technologist Peter Kirn and marks the first album to be released on the young Berlin-based label. Three ambient compositions bookend propulsive synth-driven techno bestrewn with polyrhythms and superbly emphasized sound design. For this circular ruin, as William Gibson called it, “Bellona, USA” offers cyclic dance riddles – hallucinations, loops, echoes and steady four-on-the-floor kicks holding grooves together as textures slip into quicksand. Threads of synth lines drift in and out against multistable polyrhythms, without a sense of beginning or end as a hedonistic celebration of Dhalgren’s own circular plot lines. Tricks of perception in rhythm and timbre and pitch twist songs into Escher-like confusion. This is life on the American frontier, post disassociation.
“Bellona, USA” offers cyclic dance riddles – hallucinations, loops, echoes and steady four-on-the-floor kicks holding grooves together as textures slip into quicksand.
One of the tracks “This Circle In All”, defintely our favorite on the album, feels like a marching anthem. So hypnotising.
The album was mixed by Lars Hemmerling.
Tune into the rest of the album on Bandcamp.