Faxada is the nom de plume of Polish experimental electronic composer and recording artist Przemek Wojtaszek. His new full-length album Paraa was released September 21st, 2018 on Darling Recordings.
It's fair to call Faxada's music overwhelming. Beautiful melodies, inspired rhythms, and punishing noise are presented in equal measure, with dramatic tonal and emotional shifts during and between tracks. It's engrossing, fearless work, experimental in the best sense: pushing boundaries in the pursuit of something new. On songs like "Imp" and "This All Could Be More Obvious", Faxada takes a daring approach to the mixing process, filling the low end frequencies with unorthodox sounds. He samples his own material on "(VII)" and toys with stereo channels on "Unsticked" and "(V, VI)".
Perhaps most importantly, though, Faxada has largely abandoned the plunderphonics of his debut album 'Cohost' in favor of music inspired by electroacoustic compositions. Przemek describes his new work on 'Paraa' as "heavily influenced by videogame sound design, triggering specific actions and thoughts on a composed timeline."
You can certainly hear such thoughtful attention to detail. Listening to the album is like time traveling through an entire story you can't quite put your finger on. Individual songs fade in and out of the view, undulating into one another, then disappearing completely into the haze of silence or noise. But, through it all, the album feels coherent and complete.
Przemysław Wojtaszek: Composition, Production, Mixing, Mastering, Sampling, Contact Microphones, Objects, Field Recordings, Synthesizers, Vocals (4, 5, 6, 13, 17), Electric Guitar (4), Acoustic Guitar (5, 11), Western Concert Flute (8, 11), Glockenspiel (10, Trash Can (12)
Devin Dabney: Vocals (10), Lyrics (10)
Mikołaj Janeczko: Electric Guitar (2, 7)
Earl Keith: Drums (4)
Jakub Tomaszczuk: Mixing Assistant (4), Treatments (15)
Julia Wołongiewicz: Cover Art, Layout
Recorded from 4 December 2016 to 20 February 2018