Ancient Methods strikes again with a new EP on London's Candela Rising. The Asking Breath Comes To Each is a 4 track vinyl release which many would consider a departure from the sound of the artist's vast repertoire. While that may be true, we consider this a soothing evolution which masterfully bridges the past, present and future of not only techno but electronic music as a whole. Each track features a different vocalist and between Azar Swan, Huren, Tropic of Cancer and Zanias, it's difficult to find a more powerful release in that arena.
The open track, "Swallow", pushes us into the action with an uptempo industrial hymn that is accompanied by Azar Swan's heavenly ritualistic chants. "The Standards Will Come and Go" sees legendary producer Huren, assault us with his vicious, nihilist aggression that is set against hypnotic percussion that bleeds into your mind.
Side B opens with "It Won't Take Me" which features the seductive, melancholy stylings of L.A.'s Tropic of Cancer. The track is a nice post-punk laced offering which keeps us coming back for more. Concluding the EP is thecelestial "Andromeda". Featuring Brvtalist favorite Zanias, her distinctive sound dances perfectly over the producer's warm yet ominous conclusion. Perhaps the most appropriate way to end the record.