North Carolina-based instrumental, electronic/ambient outfit Interstitia are preparing for the release of their second album, Hermes Slips The Trap, out July 16 through Pax Aeternum.

New Noise are proud to premiere “Marzeah” below:

Asheville, North Carolina resident Graham Scala is a punk/hardcore lifer who plays with Harmonic Cross, Bleach Everything, Collapse Culture, Arepo, USX, and more, with Souvenirs Young America, Highness, Forensics, and many other bands also featured on his resume which now spans more than two decades.

Though previous efforts as Interstitia saw Scala moving away from the more aggressive guitar-based music he’s made in favor of a more spacious, textural, electronic approach, his newest full-length Hermes Slips The Trap pushes that methodology to a bracing, intense, extreme in which radiant ambient synth textures are overlaid upon frantic, in-the-red breakbeats then shredded by disorienting psychotropic noise textures.

Songs bend and contort in ever-mutating forms, leaving a product as frenetic and dizzying as it is ecstatic and expansive. Like Four Tet playing a Providence basement show or Blanck Mass on a Black Dice kick, Hermes Slips The Trap immerses the listener in an overwhelming sound world in which consonance and dissonance cling so tightly as to be indistinct from each other and ideas like genre seem quaint and inapplicable.

On the track’s release, Scala states:

“‘Marzeah’ was my attempt to maximize the messiness I was bringing to these songs. More work went into the drum tracks on this than on anything else for this album—while I don’t have any problems incorporating polyrhythmic elements, I tried to make this sound like a free jazz drummer was playing it. While I appreciate the clean, austere qualities of a lot of electronic music, I’ve also never been able to approximate it.

“In my 25 years of recording music, no matter how pretty or I’ve tried to make my work it still comes out with some sort of destabilizing factor—a smudge of noise, a creeping shadow, a wrong note not excised. Incorporating that approach into tracks that are clearly laid out on a grid can be a challenge but doing so helps me to maintain a semi-coherent aesthetic between pretty disparate projects.”

Preorder and stream Hermes Slips The Trap here.

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