The music of The Goetia is marked by industrial beats, blackened melodies and ragged synth-work that slinks along the contours of your spine. For years, the band has refined and filtered these synthetic sounds through a prism of shadowy rhythms and nocturnal tones, developing an aesthetic that is as fascinating as it is indescribable. Incorporating elements of new wave, synth-pop and electro-punk, musical co-conspirators Jonas Snow and Danny Parrish explore a landscape of grimy electronic flourishes and pulsing dark pop automations.
On their latest release, “Redeemer of Illusion,” they blend chunky techno eruptions with noisy electro-clash outbursts, offering a dense but curiously welcoming atmosphere where their dual creativities can exist and roam without restriction. This 30-track behemoth is imposing but not unapproachable, slowly revealing the details beneath its electronic bluster over repeated listens. The record ventures through crowded corridors of vivid dance music before indulging in sounds which cavort in much darker rhythmic geographies.
Snow and Parrish lead their audience into a world of back alley clubs, dive bars and other places which harbor questionable motives – but you follow regardless, entranced by what you’re hearing and the way it effects your body and brain. This is an album best heard complete and in order, with each track building an unsettling momentum that never fails to demand to your attention and participation. “Redeemer of Illusion” is a mass of persuasive circuital pathways and electronic impulses that hijack your senses and recalibrate your perception of these particular reverberations.
It’s an altogether immersive experience, with waves of sound crashing over you, engulfing you in their murky depths. Deftly mingling dark ambient tonalities with more excitable rhythmic movements, the record effortlessly subverts our expectations, leaving us to wonder what we might have missed in our rush to submerge ourselves in these evocative songs. A variety of influences are dissected and presented across these tracks, as the duo exhibit a preternatural instinct for clever adaptation and innovation. In a whir, though, it’s over, and you find yourself anxious to dive in before that gloomy rumble can fully fade away.