If you’ve listened to SHALT’s Astral Plane mix or his recent, more dancefloor-oriented mix for Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel show on NTS Radio, you’ll have caught on to just how acute SHALT’s ear is. Whether he’s bringing in dancefloor smashers from contemporaries or isolating the sheer physicality of more abstract works, every bit of the process is deeply considered from a thorough spatial perspective. Today marks the release of the Acheron EP, a work that functions as both a fully formed narrative and a vessel for a discussion surrounding artificial life extension and its potential consequences. Interviews with FACT and THUMP offer insight into the project, but the best way to experience Acheron is to listen in an isolated setting and while it’s too much to demand uninhibited attention in the contemporary media landscape we can assure you that this extended player is best heard in focus.
It’s release week! Since announcing SHALT’s Acheron EP last month, we’ve been aching to get the full project out to you and it’s finally out on digital platforms this Friday (1/29)! Last Thursday, FACT Magazine premiered the second single from the project, “Unconfined”, and spoke with SHALT about artificial life extension, Tim Hecker, and the club-via-noise context of his music. Check out the interview here, “Unconfined” below and keep an eye out on our Bandcamp for the full release on Friday.
Last Wednesday, The FADER premiered the title track from SHALT’s Acheron EP, the first track from the Lausanne-based artist’s forthcoming release on Astral Plane Recordings. Coming in as APR101, Acheron is the first solo release on our platform and will be out digitally on January 29. Isaac Chabon contributing the breathtaking cover art and Sam Meier led the artistic direction of the project while Riley Lake put his inimitable talents forwards for mastering. Out To FACT, RA and THUMP for all picking up the news of the release and spreading it around to their respective readers. We’ll be back with more on the record in the new year so keep and eye out and enjoy “Acheron”.