On Antifate, Berlin experimental producer Ziùr crafts a magical realm of sonic abundance, closeness, and connection. The record is inspired by the medieval world of Cockaigne, a fictional utopia where wine flows freely and the streets are paved with pastry. Ziùr uses this imagery, originally meant as a critique of the ascetic tendencies of medieval Europe, and transposes it to our current state of social abstinence. Opening track “Alive, Unless” is emblematic of this; it lurches into a forward momentum, pushing abstracted pop forms into a dreamy haze of digital euphoria and extracting skewered soundscapes from defiant rhythms. Similarly, title track “Antifate” leads with a wall of distorted vocals, before lunging into a vivid vignette of shimmering beats. At a time when distance is mandatory, Ziùr delivers a much-needed slice of intimacy.
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