nihiti - A New Kind Of Weather

A1. A New Kind Of Weather
A2. Shudder Into Silence
B1. In The Sands
B2. I Drove All Night
B3. The Practice Of Injury

Catalog # : LBL012
Release Date : 2020-12-03
Format : mp3 / 12"

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Described by Resident Advisor as “alternately uneasy, bloodthirsty and painfully beautiful”, NIHITI’s music has long been a critic’s darling on the darker end of the spectrum. War, murder, and romantic catastophe have been common themes as the music has ridden the fine line between the kind of electronic soundscapes that lead to an ambient music commission for Aurora Halal’s Sustain Release festival and the more songwriter material that made them a favorite of Other Music NYC. In the new pandemic era it just so happened that the neighborhood of New York City the band calls home became one of the worst hit areas in the world, suffering in the vicinity of 1,000 deaths in just a few weeks in March and April of this year. Refrigerated trucks were parked at the hospital a few blocks away, and it will not surprise fans of their previous work to hear that reality reflected in these songs.

That global catastrophe was then compounded a few weeks later with a more personal one when the brother of NIHITI’s primary songwriter committed suicide... And this suite of disasters came calling just as the Lo Bit Landscapes label was regaining its footing after being illegally locked out of the home they shared with a number of other New York City musicians for 4 years (read about it in Vice here), losing access to all their inventory and a number of completed recordings scheduled for release.

Composed as the dark curtain of plague closed around us, “A New Kind of Weather” plots a fairly traditional course for a NIHITI track. Opening with the faraway wail of a siren recorded at a time when the air in New York City contained few other noticeable sounds, the song slowly builds upon the drums of Greg Fox (Liturgy, Ex Eye) and the guitar of Viktor Timofeev into a kind of slow motion tornado reminiscent of a more psychedelic Leonard Cohen or maybe some dark mirror image of a Tame Impala track. From there the record takes off for 12 minutes of a mournful journey through the cosmos in the form of “Shudder Into Silence”. Built mostly with the sound of the New York City ambulance siren that was used only sparingly in the title track, the two movements of the piece contrast the doleful pulse of the siren’s wail against the tick of the atomic clock. Time moves on, even if the experience of it is distorted by the emotional state of the consciousness. The vibe is William Basinski, even if the pulse is more 70s krautrock like Cluster or Brian Eno.

“In the Sands” continues some of the biblical themes touched on earlier in the record with a little less of the psychedelic and a little more of the traditional. A ghostly cover of “I Drove All Night”, originally performed by Roy Orbison in his late years, manages to take the simple themes of love and loss to a wholly unexpected place. The effect is not unlike Anohni’s more delicate tracks. “The Practice of Injury”, originally composed as an homage to the Estonian composer Arvo Part, rounds out the record, hovering somewhere between the whispers of a Philip Glass record and the simple yet beautiful chords of a mid-period Aphex Twin track.

The Wire : The album's sonic libretto reads like an intimate journal of pandemic experience written with shivering fingers. (read more) . . lush yet fragile.

Ox : NIHITI ist ein düsteres, reich texturiertes Singer/Songwriter-Werk gelungen, das auf düsteren Ambient-Komositionen ruht und dem dennoch eine dauerhafte Anspannung innewohn. (read more) NIHITI has succeeded in creating a dark, richly textured singer / songwriter work that rests on dark ambient compositions and yet has a permanent tension inherent in it.

Dark Entries : We dare to use the term timeless here. (read more) . . like the stretched seconds between the moment of the crash and the awareness of the incident.

PopMatters : 9 out 10: An enthralling maximalist/minimalist backdrop to the faltering of the world's energies. (read more) . . simultaneously quiet yet loaded with complex detail.