eternally bound to time | seek ejection
Only Now is Kush Arora.
Following in the wake of well received appearances on Infinite Machine and
Discrepant’s fledgling imprint Sucata Tapes, Eternal Binding reprises and expands upon the
heavy submergence of Arora’s prior outings as Only Now, bringing together amorphous
shadings of black metal and industrial with febrile Kuduro rhythms. Recorded between 2017
& 2019, Eternal Binding opens with The Scales, an overture that embodies the project’s
sound universe with smash & run beat cycles and scorched, monumental riffs.
Meanwhile The Stand adopts computer feedback, resonation techniques and feedback loops
to conjure a deep, bleeding edge, ego-dissolving journey that touches on themes of time,
space and existence. Concluding with Ejection, Arora acknowledges the significant influence
of Berlin School krautrock and kosmische - particularly Popol Vuh's Aguirre I - as choral
elements emerge midway through a revelatory finale.
Altogether Eternal Binding represents a response to profound subject matter for Arora; a
contention with the human condition, the notion of our enslavement to time, the challenges of
fatherhood and a desperate attempt to make sense of it all.
Fans of Bill Laswell, Nazar, Sunn O))), Principe Discos & Zoviet France take note.
Throughout his discography and as a core member of soundsystem collective, acclaimed
club night and long running radio show Surya Dub, Arora has been a crucial figure in
championing and exploring the convergence between bass, electronics and roots music in
San Francisco and beyond. Well received appearances at Mutek 2018 and with DJ Lag,
Equiknoxx and Kode9 have presented a heavy and immersive live show while assorted
projects with Gappy Ranks, Stereotyp, Jahdan Blackkkamoore, and Dreadsquad, as well as
remixes for the likes of Elephant Man, Cutty Ranks and Spoeke Mathambo, have all been
marked by a broad and visionary signature, one that extends to the distinctly infernal
expanses of his recent work under the Only Now alias.
Recorded between 2017 and 2019 in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.
Mixed: Ancient Owl Studios and KAP.
Mastered: Jeremy Cox
Art: Kush, Ryan Ormsby