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AFTER THE AFTA AWARDS

10 YEARS OF VMAN

THE TRACK: GATEKEEPER

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THE TRACK: GATEKEEPER

TEXT NATASHA STAGG

GATEKEEPER IS BACK AND MORE CINEMATIC THAN EVER IN THEIR LATEST, "IMPERATRIX."



The NYC-based duo Gatekeeper are always a bound ahead, producing music so informed, it's almost cynical, but so pure in intention, it's not. Whether it's creating a multi-platform video-game like experience to accompany their last album, Exo, or splitting off to make mind-blowing (ironic?) efforts within genres previously untouched by hipster Brooklyn, like ADR's uncategorizable Chunky Monkey  (watch out, it uses scatting and pan flutes, the least/most cool sounds out there) or Lauren Devine's "Luv U Far," their aesthetic is a hard one to keep your finger on. That's because it's always moving forward, or in some cases darting backwards, to sweep up all the forgotten and uncool soundtracks of the past in order to refurbish and re-present them to the painfully in-touch. Basically, when the kids ask for a challenge, Gatekeeper knows how to hand one out (hope you studied for the pop quiz—there will be no re-takes). 

The outrageous thing about this group is their competence in every aspect of music-making—they produce, they DJ, and if they feel it would benefit their sound, they teach themselves to play new instruments. Here, with "Imperatrix," we're privy to a sampling of their upcoming album, Young Chronos, available November 11th "directly in the form of an official Piratebay torrent and 300 USB tokens on Lorenzo Senni's Presto?! imprint," as their press release states. And btw, that press release is just another example of how above most of the world's heads Gatekeeper are (full copy below).

Time-engineering blasphemies and neo-sapient hominid scenarios including but not limited to: jump platforms in Gothic arcologies. Profound regolith/crust excavation and mantle extraction. Neogene biomes in low-g terraria. Endo-Templar counterpoint on cycloid viols and paleo-psaltery. Tertiary-stage flarefusion-equipped Habsburg hunting parties engaging titanichthys super-shoals. Orpheid Witness fleets in godlike hypo-cacolayer suspension. Quantum-solid martyrdom for St. Eligius and trimillennial chorus. Lycanthrope combat on the plains of Northern Europe. Narcomorph collective events on Phobos forgoing corpoferric insulation. Polymeliac Elizabethan exoscouts encountering depth charges in asteroid fields. Zen-grunt gnosis performed in hyper-iterative Hadean habitats. Dirac wave-converters outside of Roanoke. Teutonic-Wallachian ground forces supplied with pulse rifles. Thracian quasar-injection in Jovian atmospheres causing the Sienna effect. Thermographically-enhanced heat-seeking archers in dawn mists. Steampunk-m arias in entropy-null silicate mausolea. Please be advised: permanent unlimited respawning.

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