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Synth Single Review: "Overwritten Identities" by Demiurgo

Karl is a longtime freelancer who's passionate about music, art, and writing.


Demiurgo’s Overwritten Identities calls to mind a neon-lit, slowly decaying future city where people live a rootless, digitally mediated existence. It’s full of complex sonic interactions and creates a feeling of technology that isn’t entirely benign.

The track starts with a computerized, distorted arpeggio that has a full, round quality as it spins into the track. A deep, hard bass pulse fades in and out as the arpeggios twirl and move, giving a sensation of distortion like a rewinding cassette tape. Those arpeggios launch themselves with wild abandon over the broken stuttering drums below them.

There’s a sense of forward motion to the music as a bizarre, oddly twisted vocal sound splutters through the track underneath a high, echoing synth. The track melts into bending, distorted bass that drops down over the broken beat. The roaming pattern of arpeggiating sound shifts with the disturbing gurgle of the vocal sounds, calling out over the glitchy background of the music.

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