Motor / Muscle / Movement

by Body In The Thames

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From deep under the Stockholm streets come two new independent releases from the somewhat enigmatic Body in the Thames

the Motor / Muscle / Movement EP kicks off with the title track – a 120bpm contemporary machine-funk workout replete with sub bass, arpeggiated analog synths, guitar chops and cowbells. A striding and cocksure dance track with an ever-so-slightly sinister undertone and plenty of machismo overtones. Think Daniel Avery ft. Nile Rogers signed to DFA and aiming at a mid-Atlantic dancefloor full of borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered 80s of electro-afro-futurism – only, a little more understated than that (no big shoulder pads)

Jones Terrace follows – also at 120 bpm – with even more arpeggiated analogue synths, this time wrapped in a fuzz of filtered and delayed distant radio waves that break into a jittery, skittery (but somehow still relaxed) groove that never quite settles down but never quite loses control either. This one is reminiscent of other Scandinavian cosmic disco (Todd Terje/Lindström et al) but also nods in the direction of Caribou, Boards of Canada, John Carpenter and the Deus Ex soundtrack.

finally comes Motor / Muscle / Movement (synaptic derivation) – an almost unrecognisable rework of the title track that takes it to a more cerebral place for a very headphone friendly tickle of both the cortex & frontal lobe. Filtered tape hiss, delayed kalimba riffs and evolving analogue synth motifs are the order of the day here, spinning and cascading around a firm and persistent 4-to-the-floor kick, dubby liquid bass guitar & fickle percussion. This is a soundtrack to a late-night drive through an abandoned industrial estate that’s slowly but surely becoming recolonised by the incessant creeping growth of mutant plants pushing their way up through concrete floors and stretching their tendrils toward the naked, shattered, rusting skylights.

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released November 24, 2014

Written, performed, programmed, produced & mixed by Body in the Thames

Stockholm 2014

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Body In The Thames Sweden

There is a gate beyond the gate of Death,
Beyond the gate of everlasting Life,
Beyond the gates of Heaven and Hell
Whereon but to believe is horror !
Whereon to meditate engendereth
Even in deathless spirits such as I
A tumult in the breath,
A chilling of the inexhaustible blood
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