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*Excerpts from the album. Available from Experimedia.net.* Mike Paradinas, the head of Planet Mu, also made a name for himself with acerbic glitches under the moniker μ-Ziq, though not much of that sound has translated to Heterotic, the debut collaboration between Paradinas and his wife Lara Rix-Martin. While still electronic in nature, there is a classic pop undercurrent that runs through "Love & Devotion," allowing bobbing rhythms and floating keyboard lines to mingle freely with bright piano chords and percussive handclaps. On half of the tracks Nick Talbot, better known as the folk musician Gravenhurst, appears to lend his detached and downcast vocals. They dramatically alter the disposition of each track as his contributions elicit a different side of Heterotic that ends up sounding a bit like the Postal Service, particularly on the highlight of album, "Blue Lights." – Ryan Potts, Experimedia
Heterotic is husband-and-wife production team Lara Rix-Martin and Mike Paradinas, the latter the boss and founder of Planet Mu, and a celebrated producer in his own right as µ-Ziq. Their debut release is a composite of four striking instrumental tracks and four unique collaborations with Gravenhurst, the musical pen-name of Nick Talbot who is known for his dark, folk-tinged material for Warp Records. They were brought together by a mutual friend who sensed potential in the pairing.
For both Talbot and Paradinas, the project is something of a departure. Love & Devotion displays an affinity for hazy, dreamy, '80s-influenced electronic pop shot through with the dynamics and space of modern electronic dance music. The lyrics describe a world profoundly haunted by its past; while allusions to a key event are cloaked in ambiguity, their echoes in the present are described in visceral and magical detail. Love & Devotion's tightly coiled melodies cloaked in an insomniac haze, subtle harmonic shifts and strong vocal counter-melodies conveying sweeping sketches of a troubled, neon world.
Release/catalogue number: ziq328lp
Release date: Mar 28, 2013