03. Anahata Valley
05. Eerie V2
06. Para Medit
09. Bloody Libel
10. Wolf Eyelash
KP Transmission aka Karina Kazaryan weaves field recordings from her travels across Eastern Europe with exercises in dub, jungle and coldwave, creating a personal sketchbook of experiencing new landscapes. This creates two parallel narratives between the diaristic travel through processed sound worlds and the drum patterns that dictate the tempo of the record.
Much of Beatrice is wedded to mid-tempo sequencing and spacey production, interlocking drum and bassline patterns with spectral atmospherics. The eponymous track is a great example of this, in which the harmonic interplay between the bass and flute synth crack open about enough space for quietly crunching sounds in the background are felt as much as heard. The track also introduces snapshots of polyrhythms that are fully explored in the faster tracks Eerie, which is inspired of the UK jungle and the ghostly "Drosera," which borrows from dragging hip-hop beats.
Much of Beatrice has a hypnagogic wooziness about it, less so revisiting a dream and more like trying to stay awake in the final hours of the day. "Kariades" trip-hop impressionism, featuring a monologue by collaborator Zeena LaVey meanwhile shows Kazaryan's dextrous production work, where spaces is expanded and compressed, each drum flurry akin to a bump in the road on long journeys. In this manner draws upon similar emotional reserves as Burial, an after-club comedown soundtrack for many.
Beatrice's strength lies in creating sonic snapshots, and not giving away too much. Noticeably the melodicism in "Buburabiia" meanders between Asia-minor and Eastern European scales, as if Kazaryan was recalling a half-remembered song found on her travels. On top of this the dubby echoes and filtering of Beatrice creates familiar tropes of being alone and zoned-out.
Jon Davies for STELLAGE