A new album release from Case Trick 9 Patrick Di Santo brings out a lush and wild array of electronic soundscapes that are riddled with Beats that range from break to Jungle and everything in between while bringing together a range of songwriting approaches that manage to attach the songs to each other almost as if it were a concept album.
The EPHIGY I record is knee-deep in sonic presence and has an amazing way of engulfing you in a completely different world for as long as you're willing to stay there and that level of escapism is something that is completely refreshing.
Within the record's 11-song Spectrum, you get a wonderful array of instrumentation that isn't all just digital by the way, there are also guitars and vocals that come in and out throughout the record's playthrough and this gives everything more depth.
There are some serious layers that can be peeled back while listening through the album and they're surprises around the corners left and right which is something that gives the record its own atmosphere in a way.
What I love most about this is It's combination of textures and sounds blending together to create something different each time.
There is a confluence and flow to this release but each individual song gives you something a little bit different and shows a little bit of a different side to the approach of the album as a whole.
This is one of those records where you are definitely positive that it was created by people who have a serious love for the craft and in this case being able to put together these natural and digital elements of instrumentation and creating an almost cinematic undertone throughout it is really impressive.
There are some awesome synths and keys that give songs meat and melody while others blast you with beats and an almost glitchy feel so you get a lot of different worlds within this one record which is really cool.
This was such a unique style that brings together some of the best elements of different areas and songwriting and instruments of songwriting so that you have something that's tasteful but also kind of eye-opening in a way.
This is brought on by an outside-the-box thought process and creating that avant-garde approach to building songs and creation in general gives you a record that has fewer boundaries than its predecessors.
I also feel like parts of this are maybe what the future of certain kinds of music will be like and in that sense, they're a little bit ahead of the game and we're able to sort of push the envelope just enough to have that realization hit.
This is one of those albums that you listen to from beginning to end as opposed to just one or two songs because I feel like that's how it was meant to be soaked in.
Some records are supposed to be listened to as a whole and this is 100% one of those records.
With the release of such a well-woven and unique album, we wanted to have a sit-down with Case Trick to find out what inspired this record and what might be coming up next for the project.
Here's what went down.
Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with Ephigy I! This record had an experimental production and a wonderfully different approach to creation of music! How did this release come about?
EPHIGY I is the soundtrack for the first installment of a twelve episode limited series premiering on our Patreon page (patreon.com/number9ine). EPHIGY was originally written as a horror thriller homage to Hitchcock. Based on a sci-fi short story I wrote about a murder solved in China from security footage leaked from the US and televised as reality entertainment. In the initial meeting with Director Mark Gasper we were out shooting location possibilities and screen tests and discovered when we were assembling the captures to the storyboards an interesting point of view was recorded. Kinda like the footage from security cameras. We began to build both sound and visuals from these images and they became the theme for the film, both soundtrack and visual wise.
Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as an artist?
We were at university completing a midterm assignment mimicking a photograph with video, this theme continued into the first single off REBEL I did not think entirely in sound as in to release a single. But I have always thought visuals and sound are equal parts of telling a story. As in many non narrative pieces.
Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?
Dreams, current events, biographies, practice or spiritual studies.
Buzz Slayers: This release has some great approaches to it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?
Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
We have begun to work on a comedy limited series and finishing up METRO9 (film and soundtrack).When not working on those projects: reading, hiking horseback riding really anything outdoors, the days fill up pretty quick.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
Buerak, Polica, Molcat Doma, Kid A esp the Thom York remixes, we actually just did a George Harrison cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" as a possibility for the soundtrack of METRO9.
Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
We just finished summer gigs in Ibiza and a 9 state tour here in the US, with the release of EPHIGY we are focused on promotion and Q&A's for the film adding in some small venue local dates in between.
Buzz Slayers: Do you record these at a big studio or do you have a home studio set-up?
We have worked from Platinum Island to Post War and Fly Max, Kingston, NY and Avatar (Power Station Mid town NYC), Yankee-Oriel Company (Hoboken, NJ) to studio 112 (LES, NYC). These days we do most of our recording right at number9ine (Kansas City).
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
A limited series comedy "FISHS EDDY" and soundtrack as well as we have begun recording DEUS EX MACHINA the follow up to our last LP OMEGA.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Keep it real, be safe, and do your research before believing any narrative.