Amnesia Scanner, the Berlin-based duo of Finnish djs Ville Haimala and Martti Kalliala,
debuted with the mixtape AS Live (2014)
and the EPs Angels Rig Hook (2015), containing a 14-minute ecologically-themed radio play, i.e. narration and collage,
Cyber Monday (2015), followed by the singles
AS Chingy (chopped-up vocals over booming disjointed beats), AS Crust (a childish rigmarole over glitchy liquid pulses) and AS Truth in 2016.
The six-song EP AS (2016) contains both AS Chingy and AS Crust.
The singer was a machine called Oracle.
After more singles (AS MEE in 2017; AS Chaos, AS A.W.O.L., and AS Too Wrong in 2018), their first
album Another Life (2018) established them at the vanguard of the movement to deconstruct and derail dance-music, continuing the tradition of
Mika Vainio and
with the harsh and violent punk-industrial explosions of
AS Symmetribal, AS Unlinear and AS Faceless,
emanating evil vibrations from their handicapped beats and subhuman vocals.
The album also has its cartoonish side: the
industrial dubstep of AS A.W.O.L. (with grotesquely distorted vocals),
the sulfuric disco of AS Another Life, the
cartoonish deranged hip-hop merry-go-round AS Too Wrong.
Only AS Securitaz betrays some human emotion.
The audiovisual project Lexachast (2019) with Bill Kouligas (owner of the label that put out their albums) and and visual artist Harm van den Dorpel, originally performed in 2015 in London but later expanded,
Its nine movements carry out a less savage attack on the dancefloor. They
perform a less deadly kind of surgery.
This is mostly abstract soundpainting and musique concrete.
Most of the pieces are ghostly and skeletal (especially Lexachast 2).
The notable exception is the chant of Lexachast 4 that relies on
minimalist repetition and orchestral bombast.
The ecological concept album Tearless (2020) moved away from their
dance roots towards more conventional ballads.
Two vocalists (Peruvian singer Lalita and Brazilian producer Lyzza) join
Oracle to sing them.
If AS Tearless and AS Aca can be said to create a new form
of abrasive post-pop, with melodies that are unceremoniously massacred by
AS Too Late retains the melody (and the human voice) at the center
and AS U Will Be Fine even intones a childish singalong.
The hyper-psychedelic As Flat,
the robotic and horror trap music of AS Trouble, and the
industrial-metal overtones of AS Labyrinth
expand their horizons dramatically.
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