Talibam! presents: Endgame of the Anthropocene
Talibam! has made a geopsychic prediction: after it expires in 2048, the Antarctic Treaty System will be rejected.
As the rest of the planet will have been rendered uninhabitable due to wars rooted in overpopulation, global warming,and the relentless exploitation of diminishing resources, human interference and the failure to ratify will lead to international war over the sovereignty and control of Antarctica’s vast resources. Endgame of the Anthropocene is Talibam!’s first cinematic album of through-composed ecogothic geosonics. It is the soundtrack to 2048’s despotic nationalism and crumbling international infrastructure, underscoring an eco-mercantilistic tragedy and the desperate plundering of the last pristine landscape on Earth. This inevitable destruction of Antarctica’s purity marks the global-environmental endgame of the Anthropocene.
Endgame of the Anthropocene is a dystopian sonic pronouncement of failed socio-environmental memes, and features Talibam!’s emergence into hyperkinetic rhythm-based instrumental/ electronic music. Syncopation via polyrhythmic electronic drum and synth pads create corporeal dance floor beats that would make a super computer perturbed. Kevin Shea is a master of cyber swing and ecowar rhythm — on this record, he keeps it android yet anthropoid, like Aphex Twin meeting a hologram Phil Collins. Keyboardist Matt Mottel anchors wide sweeps of analog synthesis — his sonic palette oscillating between the Silver Apples, Sun Ra, and Arca via an Arduino beta bass drop. This music is hallucinatory composition — electronic muzik via an ethnographic sonic landscape influenced by Parmegiani, Don Cherry, Front 242, Hailu Mergia, Vangelis, Suicide, Islam Chipsy, Stockhausen and DJ
“Most of Talibam!’s songs are rollicking, blood-pumping workouts that surely take a few cases of Red Bull to complete,” writes Pitchfork. “But these guys have sharp skills and diverse ideas and can do a lot more than just sprint.”
Talibam! is a 14-year working unit based in New York City, a rhythm section that is at the cross hair of agility, speed, punctuation, and intention.
Talibam! can be described in various ways — as a classic keyboards/drums expanded-jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music, as a theater group, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen. Since their inception in 2003, Talibam!’s ultimate goal has been to wed disparate ideologies through proficiency, controversy, inquiry, and compassion.
Talibam! delights in creating music that cannot be pinned down within the safe-spaces of existing genres. With each new album, Talibam! reinvents their methodological palette in order to bolster a fresh clarity of joyous auditory surprise, something their fans have come to depend on. Talibam! focuses on compositional clarity, with reverence for their diverse interest in genre.
Forthcoming on September 22 2017 are two new landmark albums from Talibam! via the legendary ESP-DISK’ label:
Talibam! Hard Vibe featuring Matt Nelson & Ron Stabinsky push the pulse of Motorik rhythm through a Psychedelic Jazz filter.