Avery, Daniel / Cortini, Alessandro: Illusion Of Time
Title: Illusion Of Time
Label: Mute U.S.
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS
2020 release, the debut full-length collaboration between UK techno specialist Daniel Avery and acclaimed experimental musician Alessandro Cortini. This record is a beguiling and unexpected collusion of two sounds. Beginning as a collaborative experiment before the pair had even met, Avery and Cortini then worked remotely and free of concept or deadline over several years. The result, finally completed when both artists were touring with Nine Inch Nails in 2018, is a quietly powerful album rooted in trust, process and experimentation. Gently challenging the hypnotic ideals of ambience that already united the work of both artists, Illusion of Time is in equal parts cryptic and inviting. Wistful and even memorable chords are boldly buried beneath blankets of soothing noise, as if asking listeners to lean in further. In other moments, Avery and Cortini achieve catharsis when working through bristling electronics more indebted to their heavier influences.