Aeriae continues to carve out his unique space in modern electronic music production with Peril Triage, the new 7-track EP out 21 March 2017 on Clan Analogue. A hyperkinetic evocation of psychological response, Peril Triage emerged from Aeriae’s touring to support his 2014 album Victris.
Honing the Aeriae controllerism setup through live performance induced heightened levels of instinct and drama during the atypically rapid (for Aeriae) production process for Peril Triage. Previous Aeriae recordings were heedless of whether or not the music could be performed live in any practical sense. With Peril Triage, Aeriae takes tracks created especially for the live environment back into the studio to synthesise the two approaches. The result is a gapless forty-three minute set of labyrinthine synth programming and rising tempo. Beneath the pace and skittering beat design, compositional structures morph slowly via the producer’s trademark serialist melodic figures and intricate sound design, always with an ear towards the ultimate emotional destination.
The perilous-eponymous journey opens with ‘Firmament’, a vortex of a track in which a steadfast beat and subsonic organ riffs eventually collide with a searing synth sky. This transitions seamlessly into ‘Charnel’ whose bottom end churns beneath a dauntless organ line until a series of surprising pivots resolves all.
In ‘Ceanic’, bright 303-like lines duel with an emerging baroque riff through eruptions of burbling synths, plosives and reverb, finally descending into melancholy. Centre track ‘Resolver’ describes the EP’s favoured dynamic literally, rising steadily in tension before breaking into prolonged catharsis at the halfway point.
‘Valified’, with its sequential drum machine attitude and incredibly mobile bassline, is the closest Peril Triage comes to straight techno. The emergence of sparkling atmospherics, melodramatic counterpoint and syncopated phrasing ensure it is bent right out of shape before it ends. Sprays of metallic beats then dominate ‘Where All Past Burdens No Longer Shall Be Worn’ for more than two minutes before the track begins to hint at its harmonic hand to come.
Final track ‘Haliday’ is ostensibly the most playful and was originally developed around samples of Wa Wa Nee – which have most assuredly been removed from the finished track for legal simplicity.
Peril Triage is the third major release on Clan Analogue from Sydney producer Aeriae (Wade Clarke) following on from the Nurse 2 Alyssa Type EP and epic album Victris.
"Compositionally rich and complex, Aeriae has taken IDM to a new place, and maybe even another level." - Chain D.L.K
"(Victris) An excellent second album from a local producer who deserves to be better known." - Cyclic Defrost