Zavoloka – Syngonia
Zavoloka’s “Syngonia” finds beauty in industrial grit. Reminiscent of Autechre’s equally compelling beat and sound work, the way that these songs evolve invokes pastoral scenes interrupted by industrial development. Neatly balancing off the two impulses the way that Zavoloka lets the pieces build up gives them a naturalistic hue despite their purely digital origins. Such a balanced approach is highly unusual yet Zavoloka does so with the utmost of grace and style. Memorable melodies rest at the heart of each of these pieces while they unfold in new startlingly beautiful ways.
The title track “Syngonia” begins the album off on a blissful note. From ambient sweeps the song gets started with a solid, strangely sci-fi sort of atmosphere akin to an updated Future Sound of London take. Much more forceful in its approach is the driving rhythms of “Waves Become Matter”. A neat trick defines the multi-faceted nature of “Rotating Fields” where darker impulses are explored more fully. Darker moods prevail over “Awake The Quake”. Muscular in nature is the sweeping sound of “Return To Previous Energy” where the way the groove grows in power feels quite satisfying. Tapping into a hip-hop element is the surreal nature of “Suffice It To Believe It” where bubbling giddy melodies come nearly to the surface. By far the highlight of the album is the poppy spirit of “No Beginning No End” where all that preceded it helps to bring the album to a lovely close.
On “Syngonia” Zavoloka taps into the oft-neglected heart and soul of industrial electronica.