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Psychotic_Window
Artist
Bjarki
ReleaseProduct
Psychotic_Window
Label
!K7 Records
Catalogue Number
K7378DS
Release Date
December 2019
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Back in early 2019 some of those who got their hands on Bjarki’s debut LP Happy Earthday received a pleasant surprise. Along with the main album, people who purchased Happy Earthday’s box set edition were treated to a selection of bonus beats. Now, as the year draws to a close, those additional tracks have been gathered for a standalone release under the title Psychotic_Window. The Icelandic producer informs us that the title of this LP is to be taken literally, a reflection of the fact that these numbers all emerged from a rather bleak time in his life. As such, it’s no surprise to find that Psychotic_Window is a fair bit moodier than what we’ve come to expect from the bbbbbb Records boss.

Whereas many of Bjarki’s previous releases specialise in a brand of zany, almost hysterical futuro-rave, Psychotic_Window takes a darker turn. It’s not all change - the whirlwind beat programming, clattering breaks and speedy time-signatures are all present and correct. However, across the record these rhythms often come cloaked in crackling, murky atmospherics, their once-frenetic rave synths turned sour. The influence of Burial, Pessimist and The Haxan Cloak can be felt here - even, on some of the more agonised cuts, a little mid-period Death Grips. Occasionally Bjarki allows takes like ‘Another Stanky Skyline’ to repose in their melancholia, the beat-frenzies swapped out for mournful takes on classic IDM.

New LP Psychotic_Window shows us another side of Bjarki, one that is more sombre and bitter than what we’ve previously seen. The result is some of his most affecting work to date.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Utvarp Saga Bjarki 3:23 Buy
  2. 2 MIRA Bjarki 5:24 Buy
  3. 3 Coil Opinons Bjarki 4:13 Buy
  4. 4 <I) Bjarki 5:56 Buy
  5. 5 Xoxomaa Bjarki 4:57 Buy
  6. 6 Kitchen Forklore Bjarki 5:10 Buy
  7. 7 Everyone Is Annoying Bjarki 4:02 Buy
  8. 8 Psykixk TV Bjarki 5:25 Buy
  9. 9 Crybaby Bjarki 5:13 Buy
  10. 10 Track 19 Bjarki 3:04 Buy
  11. 11 Other Stanky Skyline Bjarki 4:00 Buy
  12. 12 Dark Ride Bjarki 5:36 Buy
  13. 13 Better Plac4 Bjarki 5:56 Buy
  14. 14 Cool You Peel2 Bjarki 5:49 Buy

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