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License To Desire EP

by Orphan Swords

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    2017 reissue, cut at The Carvery, London. Housed in wraparound artwork, thick poly wallet. Includes download code. Hand-numbered edition of 200

    Dalston, London’s excellent Aurora Borealis label (The Haxan Cloak, Burial Hex, øjeRum) grip Orphan Swords’ License To Desire [2015] for a new pressing, offering a tart reminder of their throttling industrial techno force.

    A-side coughs up the galloping beast, Marchosias riding on horsepowered bass and building up to a fearsome wall of drone noise liable to take yer eyebrows off, before conserving their nervous energies in the more brittle, cagy gothic stepper Asmoday which soon enough loosens its foul bowels by the end of the side.

    B-side is handed over to Hooker, sliming across the side at a kerb-crawling pace with blank-eyed monotone bass hump while slowly asphyxiating on noxious drone pollution.

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Marchiosas 10:09
Asmoday 05:02
Hooker 07:47


"The ten-minute "Marchosias" sounds like an improvised jam, one that might be too messy for all but the most intrepid DJs. It builds into a droning blur with surging drums, echoed, incomprehensible vocals and all sorts of sharp edges. The record's two B-side cuts are even more compelling. "Asmoday" conjures its own mass of screeching, cackling distortion, but adds an icy sense of melody through a few sustained synth riffs, and fixes everything to a rolling kick. "Hooker" is the most subdued thing yet from Orphan Swords, but it's no less potent. Its steady bass thrums and light, hazy swirls of harmonized noise make for a supremely soothing comedown."
Resident Advisor 3.7/5

Desire Records 2015
Artwork Lara Gasparotto


released March 30, 2015


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