Get your leather gear ready. On their debut album „Exo,“
Aaron Davis Ross and Matthew Arkell aka Gatekeeper combine cinematic synth
wrangling a la John Carpenter with pounding (break-)beats, hoovering synths and
nasty acid workouts. „Exo“ consists of twelve, sometimes very short, tracks
that will catapult you into a musical twilight zone, where EBM, industrial,
breakbeats and lysergic acid-tweaks meet at a before unknown junction. Tracks
like „Hydrus“ or „Aero“ sound like „Sheet One“-era Plastikman on steroids.
„Exo“ really could be the soundtrack to some yet unreleased Luc Besson sci-fi
flick, ebbing and flowing between calm introspective moments and tumultuous
attacks. „Encarta,“ the album’s closing track is maybe the craziest most mental
of the lot, with frenzied acid-sequence punctuating your nervous system over a
hammering reverb-drenched set of kicks and steel percussion sounds while a
chorus sings on top of that. Utterly strange - and mindblowing. Way to close
your album on a high note.