‘Pathfinder’ is Archivist’s second release on Blankstairs, following 2015’s ‘Migration’, which Impose Magazine celebrated as offering listeners “the possibility of transcendence.” Archivist’s new record is no different, featuring three original deep techno tracks along with a remix by The Bunker New York resident Eric Cloutier. With ‘Pathfinder’, Archivist shows himself to be one of the West Coast’s most intense and interesting techno producers.
Opening the record is “Klamath”, which rises gently out of the darkness before overtaking the listener with its percussive power. Channeling the Washington landscape, the track is a rich and hypnotic ride that flows like a landslide before finally returning to a state of rest. ‘A Rogue Moon’ is a ghostly trip down shadowed trails, as euphonic echoes and esoteric strings find space in the tracks cavernous kicks, making it perfect for late nights and early mornings.
The second side features two takes of the title track ‘Pathfinder’. The original version shows Archivist’s ability to temper a peak time tune, with rolling rhythms and cacophonous stabs of chords that boulder over the listener, leaving little left in its wake. Eric Cloutier closes the EP by rebuilding ‘Pathfinder’ into a clean, cutting cleaver, proving that Cloutier is just as powerful as a producer as he is a DJ.
- A Rogue Moon
- Pathfinder (Eric Cloutier Remix)