As the toothpaste tube of net art is rolled and squeezed for every last skerrick of minty irreverence by a generation of Tumblr-addicted liberal arts students who haven’t actually even seen Hackers, we see Gatekeeper, one of the scene’s self-adopted flag bearers, pushing off into new aesthetic realms. And this realm sounds very rad indeed.
Premiered last week on Dummy, Gatekeeper’s Imperatrix, is the first slice from a forthcoming release entitled Young Chronos – the Greek god of time for all y’all Philhellenisists out there… agape, innit.
The EP cover, by renowned surrealist painter Jaroslaw Kukowski, is more aligned with the hand-painted dreamscapes you might spot on the cover of an airport fantasy novel than the jumble of hyper sensorial Psy-Fi that Gatekeeper have generated to date.
With Imperatrix, obvious comparisons can be made to that famous opera scene from The Fifth Element but don’t let a dated reference dissuade you from diving into some shareware techno. 150 BPM rave is the sound of now because the Gatekeeper says so. You better start enjoying it.
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Young Chronos is out via Pirate Bay Torrent on November 11th. Better update your Adlib Pro drivers.