With a tender but at the same time bizarre fairy tone, Alpha Couple’s latest release, a split EP with the Russian artist Mox, inducts itself into a quiet evening’s secrecy. In times purposely gently disturbing, mostly aiming to observe and describe, Kristel’s voice quibbles and bestirs itself through distortion touches and radio transmissions. It’s no wonder that Alpha Couple’s side of the tape, containing three tracks - all recorded at their old home in Toronto, features live radio. In a peculiar way, let alone the melancholic harmonies – coming on in delicate texture – one can sense and experience the feeling that exists in William Eggleston’s work. There’s this ominous perspective disguised in superficial vividness on the one side, while a rather conceptual narrative depicts obscurity on the other.
Mox’s side of the tape, a lo-fi melody-driven viewpoint, adds to Alpha Couple’s ‘Song For Nobody’ a rhythmic sequel, putting a distinguishing line with the use of beat loops, but in a way perfectly merging both sides of work together too. Part of the Solntsetsvety collective, Mox [or Антон Кривуля] currently works solo with electronic sounds and natural samples among other things. He very much so attaches a great deal of mystery to his sound space, alleged by scenes of detachment on tracks like ‘Jelezo’ or ‘Pochki Olenya’. Reciting his storyline in four songs, what one’s left with here is a striking private flashback to memorial hours of needless subjectivity.
Both artists have decided to give the digital tracks away for free, while selling limited edition cassettes released by the Moscow-based label Dumpster Diving Lab. Currently sold out. You can download it via their respective bandcamp pages.