Gatekeeper

Exo

> > Aug 07 2012

Gatekeeper - Exo
By Vincent PollardFollowing 2010's Giza EP, Gatekeeper (aka the now NYC-based duo of Aaron David Ross and Matthew Arkell) release their debut album, Exo. Gatekeeper blend the dystopian aural vision of John Carpenter with the crisply metallic videogame soundtrack work of Amon Tobin, plus a ton of gorgeous acid bass lines. The album will be followed by a first-person gaming environment designed by motion graphics artist Tabor Robak, inspired by tracks on the record. Exo is a highly digital, high-energy slice of EBM with heavy IDM and techno influences, and if ever there was a ready-made soundtrack for a filmic interpretation of an early William Gibson novel this is it. Exo would appeal to fans of the aforementioned Amon Tobin and, at times, Exo is also evocative of Plaid, or even Aphex Twin in the midst of his most acidy madness. Just don't be put off by the god-awful and embarrassingly dated cover art.
(Hippos in Tanks)
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