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Black Heart – Alekto (Underwaves)

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Black Heart transforms from debut with new EP filled with low lit lustre and dark splendor

Austrian dark pop explorer Corinna Cinkl has developed a brief yet haunting release in Alekto. An extension of her debut album, what lies beneath are two versions of “Alekto,” one an original and another a remix by long-time collaborator Normatone, and a remix of “Black Heart.”

Shhh. Turn it up. I cannot hear it. What was that sound? Did I hear something lying in the depths? Those textures cloud the mind when your reality tries to perceive it. When you listen to the three songs in progression, you get this build-up of transcendental pop as Cinkl has worked herself in like a ghost in the machine. “Alekto” is a modest composition. You get foggy waves of sound punctuated by a synthesized heart beat. The layers force you to turn it up until Cinkl’s breathy vocals become singular with the music itself. It teases us until we get a minimal darkwave beat that sloshes through like a ceremony brought on by the natural formulation of emotion and the darkness of mortality.

The final song, a remix of “Black Heart (Knifesex Remix) is more poignant but the song itself is poignant. The remix accentuates the punctuation of the song and ends this three-song EP in a slightly different mindset. Synthwave is taunted by dark motives, the glitchiness of the beat give it a more sinister feel. Cinkl’s voice is even more ethereal than before. What parallel universe did we fall into?

What Alekto shows us is that Cinkl’s work and experience of many things (singer, composer, musician, producer) all come together flawlessly as a final product. Let’s hope this album is a transition into something more lengthy and magnificent as her potential proves.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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