klās'tĭk is the duo of Andrea Koch and Masaya Hijikata. One lives in Berlin but has Italian roots, the other resides in Warwaw although born in Japan. So the cultural background of klās'tĭk is quite eclectic, so I guess it's no surprise that their music is quite eclectic too.
It all begins with a song called 'Chauvet'. At first, the song calmly explores the regions of experimental ambient and live looping, only to evolve into something ritual with eerie vocals and glitchy percussion. 'Airtight Decoration' then drags the whole thing into the world of jazz, mostly characterized by the drums. Somewhere in the back of my imagination, Tom Yorke is jamming with Autechre and the Dale Cooper Quartet. 'Torque', a brilliant piece of drone-jazz somewhat follows that example, but without the vocals. That's probably why 'Torque' is my favorite track on this album with its pulsating soundscapes, complex drums and an almost magical atmosphere.
Every track on this album has its own story to tell, and it's rarely something easy-digestible. 'Night's Highest Noon' is chaotic and strange, and so is its follower 'Commuters'. Yet, here too, beyond the intense elements of free-jazz, there are unexpected loops and sounds, turning each song into something you have probably never heard before. I guess it's up to you to decide if that's good or bad. All I know is that this is a baffling debut, one that needs time and effort to be explored. Or in other words: this is glitchy jazzbient at its very best. I don't know if that is a genre but it covers the load quite well. Interesting debut....