Gnod Infinity Machines on Limited Edition Import 3LP
A triple-album, Infinity Machines explores a unique vision informed by experimental élan and metaphysical intensity. In an era in which the word psychedelic too often tends to signify a reductive and retrograde rag-bag of second-hand shapes, it was in Gnod's nature to forge forth in search of new and expanded sonic terrain.
At first, this led them to pursue a purely electronic sound in the live arena, yet as they knuckled down to chronicle this expansion and experimentation for posterity, it became clear that a mixture of live instrumentation and binary audial research would be the path that would prove most fruitful. Thus began the process that would ultimately produce these recordings, and a far-reaching mission which would result in uncanny crepuscular atmosphere locking horns with sinister electronic intensity.
Infinity Machines traverses between and beyond a variety of different headspaces from the bleak to the beatific - yet whilst touching on nocturnal jazz, soothing yet unsettling ambience, menacing aggro-industrial battery and opiated bliss-out alike, it's shot through with an undercurrent of fiery countercultural zeal and small-hours revelation, as if the hive-mind of their home collective had manifested itself on six sides of wax.
Tracks were put together from an initial blank canvas, and as the band themselves emphasize, "We got pretty tactical in the approach. We certainly noticed that the emphasis has shifted from full on throw everything at it Gnod vibes to a more stripped spacious sound which was not fully intentional but more of a natural progression."