Idioma disponible: inglésDaniel Avery is a renowned British producer and DJ whose music is equally suitable for club and home listening, encompassing abstract techno, house, IDM, and shoegaze. Initially going by the name Stopmakingme, he began releasing well-received indie dance tracks and remixes starting in 2009, but broke through after he switched to his own name in 2012. His expansive full-length debut, Drone Logic, was released to wide acclaim in 2013. Five years and a DJ-Kicks volume later, Avery released his second album, the more cerebral, immersive Song for Alpha. He kept up a productive, spontaneous release schedule with the 2020 Alessandro Cortini collaboration Illusion of Time, followed by solo albums Love + Light and 2021's Together in Static, all featuring a mixture of industrial techno, ambient, and electro tracks. Avery began DJing indie music as an 18-year-old in his native Bournemouth, England. It wasn't until a trip to Ibiza that he was inspired to spin house and techno, after seeing crowds open to dancing to new and unfamiliar tracks. He connected with Filthy Dukes through a local bar and spun at the synth pop group's Kill 'Em All club night in London, which led to opening slots at the prestigious Fabric. As a producer and remixer, he developed a raw, robust sound that incorporated his love for odd, alien elements. Output from 2009 through 2011, including collaborations with Justin Robertson and remixes for the likes of Little Boots, Metronomy, Hercules & Love Affair, and In Flagranti, was credited to Stopmakingme. In 2012, he switched to his birth name and broke out with a slew of releases for James Friedman's Throne of Blood, Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound, and J.D. Twitch's Optimo Music. Avery capped off a whirlwind year by mixing the 66th volume of the Fabriclive series, highlighted by several of his own productions. After signing to the Phantasy Sound label, Avery released his first solo album, Drone Logic, in October of 2013. The record took inspiration from electronic heroes like the Chemical Brothers and Underworld and mixed a wide range of electronic styles, from acid house to IDM, into a blend perfect for late-night bedroom listening. In early 2015, New Energy, an album of remixes of tracks from Drone Logic by the likes of Factory Floor, Audion, and Perc, was released. He kept up a steady schedule of gigs, as well as releasing a DJ-Kicks mix in 2016. That same year, he issued a white-label single, "Decision Two," that was given away at a Resident Advisor event; he followed it a year later with another white-label single, this time a collaboration with Alessandro Cortini titled "Sun Draw Water." Avery spent 2017 with his head down, putting in hours at clubs around the world and quietly working on his sophomore album. The following year, he issued the EPs Projector and Slow Fade as a precursor to his second full-length release, Song for Alpha. Arriving in April 2018, the album was a bit dustier, hazier, and more reflective than his debut, focusing on the most immersive moments of the club-going experience. A remix set followed before he rounded out the year with the Diminuendo EP, which arrived that October. Illusion of Time, a full-length collaboration with Cortini finished while the two were on tour with Nine Inch Nails, was released by Mute in 2020. Shortly after, Avery and Roman Flügel issued Meeting of the Minds, a club-tooled 12" as Noun. Avery then finished a solo album and spontaneously decided to release it soon after its completion. Love + Light appeared in June 2020, with tracks ranging from his signature hazy techno to serene downtempo reflections. A year later, he issued Together in Static, an album of music composed for a pair of seated, socially distanced shows at London's Hackney Church.
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Illusion of Time is the result of several years' worth of collaboration between techno producer/DJ Daniel Avery and analog synth master Alessandro Cortini (a member of Nine Inch Nails). The two developed ideas remotely, previewing the fruits of their labor with a limited single available at a festival in 2017, then convened in a hotel room while Avery was touring with NIN in 2018, completing the album in a matter of hours. The release is far removed from Avery's hazy, acid-bath techno, but minus the propulsive beats, his frayed, shoegaze-like textures are unmistakable, and mesh well with Cortini's isolated electronics. The album veers between haunting, slightly apocalyptic moodscapes and more reflective moments that are almost soothing, yet there's still an unshakeable sense of melancholy throughout. Illusion of Time's title track is certainly one of its more refreshing pieces, with a gorgeous, Cluster-like keyboard melody drenched in trippy delay, but instead of making it sound clear and cloudless, they cover it in a wash of hiss and distortion. "At First Sight" similarly buries a lonesome yet irrepressible melody in thick fog, like a battered heart that refuses to break down completely. A steady, gentle analog synth pulse frames the lapping waves of feedback during "Enter Exit," and while the track generally feels a bit chaotic but hopeful, "Inside the Ruins" has a similar push/pull effect yet sounds much more desolate and closer to the brink of destruction. Close to the end of the album is "Water," an astonishingly pretty piece of shimmering drone-gaze that originally appeared as the A-side of the duo's 2017 single. (The much darker B-side, "Sun," is sequenced as the full-length's foreboding intro.) Illusion of Time fittingly sounds rougher and more spontaneous than any of Avery's work or Cortini's preceding recordings, particularly his 2019 Mute release Volume Massimo, but its highlights seem to pull divine inspiration out of practically nothing. © Paul Simpson /TiVo