Following in the wake of well received appearances on Infinite Machine and Discrepant’s fledgling imprint Sucata Tapes, Eternal Binding reprises and expands upon the heavy submergence of Arora’s prior outings as Only Now, bringing together amorphous shadings of black metal and industrial with febrile Kuduro rhythms.
Recorded between 2017 & 2019,Eternal Binding opens with The Scales, an overture that embodies the project’s sound universe with smash & run beat cycles and scorched, monumental riffs. Meanwhile The Stand adopts computer feedback, resonation techniques and feedback loops to conjure a deep, bleeding edge, ego-dissolving journey that touches on themes of time, space and existence. Concluding with Ejection, Arora acknowledges the significant influence of Berlin School krautrock and kosmische - particularly Popol Vuh's Aguirre I - as choral elements emerge midway through a revelatory finale.
Altogether Eternal Binding represents a response to profound subject matter for Arora; a contention with the human condition, enslavement to time, fatherhood and a desperate attempt to make sense of it all.
Fans of Bill Laswell, Nazar, Sunn O))), Principe Discos & Zoviet France take note.
From The Wire : Adventures In Modern Music June 2019
"As Only Now, San Francisco's Kush Arora really know how to set a mood, especially a dark one. On Eternal Binding, "The Scales" - with ti's raw electronic kuduro beats set against the metronomic pace of a dying Casio VL-Tone - evokes steam tunnel clashes of shopping carts, its lumbering piano laden with ghost chains of echoes and dank cyberpunk smog. "The Stand" could be the second Stephen King epic referenced in today's column. It's a heavy, suffocating space dirge, expanding like clouds of a noxious gas rolling tendrils to fill a room" - Emily Bick
released March 22, 2019
Only Now is Kush Arora.
Recorded between 2017 and 2019 in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.
Mixed: Ancient Owl Studios and KAP.
Mastered: Jeremy Cox
Art: Kush, Ryan Ormsby
catch contributions form Only Now/ Sutekh Hexen on this. Assuming their ultimate and ghastliest form, Abstracter return with their most astonishingly telluric, bleak, and hopeless album to date. Only Now
definite collection of some of the best and most refined Kuduro/Lisbon sounds out there. Some moments of pure beauty, and definitely the intro and more piano driven tarraxo joints are must listens. Only Now