Stearica's Davide Compagnoni has been developing his electrifying new solo project Khompa: an adventurous mix of drumming, electronics and cutting edge drum triggering technology. A unique audiovisual live act whose main elements are: a drummer, a conventional drum kit, 4 drum triggers, a laptop and a step sequencer. Each drum controls a virtual musical instrument (synthesizers, samplers) that allows Davide to perform real melodies/electronic orchestration without the use of any backing track, loops or click track.
Whilst predominantly an electronic record, The Shape of Drums to Come, is laced with a challenging punk attitude and flirts with the avant-garde, using experimental rhythms and atmospherics. Tracks such as "Nettle Empire," combine complex rhythms with mellifluous and harmonious synth based melodies. It's a clear display of technical prowess, without losing its intricate and well-formed composition and song structuring.
Other tracks such as "The Shape" and "Louder" lean more towards the heavier side, sonically sitting somewhere in between the harsh electronic noise of early-Health and Davide's output with Stearica. Elsewhere, the record continues to evolve with tracks such as "Upside-Down World" moving into an altogether more progressive sound combining ambient and melancholic instrumentation. Limited edition pressing of 500 x 180g vinyl copies complete with a free CD of the album inside.