Boldly stepping away from the '80s beats and horror sounds of Giza, their 2010 debut EP, Aaron Ross and Matthew Arkell (aka Gatekeeper) designed their first full-length album "Exo" as an immersive listening experience. On the edge of danceable despite big beat and techno rhythms, the twelve tracks salute the world of high-definition in a series of vivid sonic landscapes built around samples and three-dimensional effects.
Provided that you're equipped with a decent set of headphones or speakers (without which the textures may fade), you can already stream the album as a continuous mix, courtesy of Hippos In Tanks. For once though, it may be wise to reserve judgement for a few days; on July 17th, 'Exo' will be released along with a 'first person gaming environment', purposely designed by Tabor Robak to set a context for the narrative. Now that's an intriguing package. On a side note, the duo will be performing a show on August 11th at Los Globos. - Tracy Mamoun