The Long Emergency (2017): Shortwave Research Group’s second album is the calm after the storm. Tanks lie burned out in the desert. Black, acrid smoke drifts across the landscape. In the far distance, beyond the focal plane, weapons are still firing. The occasional shockwave of an explosion breaks over the now abandoned theatre of operations.
Sounds enter and exit the acoustic space without resolution. Their plot lines are untold and unanswered. Everything moves in slow motion. A shapeless dread hangs in the air as the scraping of metal and a constant low rumble mix into a foreboding presence.
As you stare deeply into the abyss, it begins to stare back into you.
УВБ-76 (2016): Low rumbles, snatches of distant sound. Overwhelming bass pressure and cut-up beats. УВБ-76 is an ode to snow-covered, abandoned listening stations and towering, rejected monoliths of the military and state infrastructure. Named after a well-known number station, also known as "The Buzzer", the record twists and turns its way through ambient minimalism, punishing sub-bass and futurist industrial beats. Conceived as a conceptual whole, a soundtrack to these structures for which there is no official explanation and their transmissions for which few people know the true purpose, the journey of УВБ-76 is evocative, cinematic and mysterious.
Based in Central Europe, Shortwave Research Group experiments with applying the heft of physical structures to sound waves, weaving together influences ranging from minimalism, drone and cinematic scores to heavy drum and bass music. The result is music designed to be experienced on the biggest, most powerful club systems but that explicitly deconstructs, subverts and reconfigures the language of the sounds typically delivered to club-going audiences. It is music for those wishing not to dance, but to become enveloped in and overwhelmed by the texture and contour of the sound itself.