After a series of limited releases, the Berlin-based trio Cavern of Anti-Matter have released their debut album. Void Beats / Invocation Trax is a three-LP odyssey through pulsating motorik rhythms and komische synth workouts. Over 12 tracks – four of which sit around the 10-minute mark – Stereolab founder Tim Gane’s new band blends a gamut of styles into a spacious, trance-inducing psychedelic brew.
Although largely instrumental, the album contains two vocal tracks: the ‘Liquid Gate’, which features Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, and ‘Planetary Folklore’ with former Spaceman 3 member Sonic Boom. Jan St. Werner of Mouse on Mars also guests, providing sound processing on 'Black Glass Actions'.
Alongside Gane, Cavern of Anti-Matter includes original Stereolab drummer Joe Dilworth and synth maestro Holger Zapf. The band’s name refers to a piece by situationalist artist and theorist Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio. Explaining the band’s sound in an interview with The Quietus, Gane said “Cavern Of Anti-Matter is based around setting up little rhythmic cells and expanding on them in little ways, splitting the melody and stretching out. The melodic movement is much slower due to the lack of words.”
Tim Gane’s musical career began in the early 1980s with a series of experimental noise records under the name Unkommuniti. He rose to greater public consciousness in 1985 as the lead guitarist of indie outfit McCarthy, which blended soft pop melodies with left-wing lyrics and youthful romanticism. After McCarthy disbanded in 1990, he started Stereolab with Lætitia Sadier. Over the subsequent two decades, Stereolab became one of Britain’s most creative and distinctive bands, releasing 10 albums proper and dozens of EPs, compilations and singles. Their sound, which was initially inspired by krautrock, gradually came to embrace 50s lounge music, funk and minimalism. Stereolab went on indefinite hiatus in 2009, since which Gane and Sadier have worked separately on other projects.