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Artist
Mystic State
ReleaseProduct
Gallows EP
Label
Artikal Music UK
Catalogue Number
ARTKL060
Release Date
September 30, 2022

'Gallows' is our third solo EP for Artikal Music, and was written over mid-2020 as an intended collection of 140bpm tracks with varied styles, themes and sound palettes, which would still gel together in EP form. The track that got the ball rolling was the title track, 'Gallows' a link-up with PAV4N, in which we explored some of the more melodic, experimental corner of our sound for the instrumental, which is beautifully contrasted by Pav's aggressive and intense delivery, and his lyrics which serve as an observation on political and government hierarchies. The second track, 'Understand', is a more dark, dub-focused outing, with chunky elements and bass that are built for sound system playback. Building this one was really fun, allowing us to dig for drums and elements that we don't typically use to create a more grungy experience. Track three, 'Blinded', goes darker still, enlisting regular collaborator Jack Flynn-Oakley, who we love working with, to write something with pure, crushing impact and a level of anxiety that increases steadily throughout the track. There's no dance that this one hasn't shelled down yet. The final track, 'Inner Sanctum', was the last track to be finished for the release and is a track we've been keeping locked down for a while now. It's an off-kilter mix of wailing vocal cuts, cold bass movement, and percussion that's bursting with character.

We're stoked to be back on Artikal, and we hope you guys enjoy the sounds this time around.

Will & Mike Mystic State

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