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Alex Tronic Records proudly present the third album on the label from Ambient/ Electronica pioneers Keser.
Keser re-appear on the long player front with the release of their album Audeamus (Alex Tronic Records) on 21st September 2012. Since the band’s formation in 2005, they have performed across the world, supported many noteworthy artists, and appeared at major festivals both at home and abroad - all off the back of their highly successful and critically acclaimed first two albums entitled Esoteric Escape and Robo Ghost (2006 and 2009, Alex Tronic Records).
On their third album, Keser have taken a new approach by self-producing their recordings and stripping back their previously favoured dense orchestral layers. Instead, they champion a sound intent on subtlety and melody; that they still retain the capacity to create powerful, evocative, and transcendental music using a range of styles is testament to their unique abilities and dedication to progression within, arguably, a finite genre.
Audeamus, meaning “Let us Dare” in Latin, is an apt title, as Keser continue to explore and push the boundaries of their existing musical genre. They believe this will have a positive and refreshing effect for listeners and for the music industry – at a time when global entertainment trends seem to favour commercial outreach over imagination and originality.
The album begins with gentle opener Aqua Aura, a Latin name meaning a “natural crystal coated in gold fumes” - a valuable and atmospheric song to set the tone for the album. You Are a Project then unfolds, a looping drum machine-led piece which almost represents a sense of being trapped in a rigid world, before the track flares out, breaks free and disperses into the air. King of the Satellite Town demonstrates a feeling of being top of one’s own environment, as a shrill synth melody followed by guitar and sub-bass set up the song, before the pace quickens and the signature Keser sound brutally kicks in with crushing fast-picked distorted harmonised octaves. The first single, Moon House is next, an exploration-themed song where the frontiers are pushed by introducing synthesised notes akin to a humanised-futurist voice. The song grows, twists and unravels itself, and builds with heavy guitars to a breathtaking finale. Voltiguers, the second single of the album, almost celebrates and mimics the bravery of an elite Napolean-led military skirmish unit as the title suggests; the song starts slowly, and then builds battle-like, as booming drums and rattling guitars echo throughout. The end segue is left to reflect and pick up the pieces of an historic event. The album then delves into a lighter-hearted yet poignant guitar piece Illusion of Free Will, before Electronica-led Switch into a Life flickers and pulses its way around a catchy melody and beat. From Stasis to Stereo entertains a feeling of space and calmness and, together with the ambient Safe Place for Ravers, perfectly sets up the album’s triumphant conclusion in Roaming Empire - a guitar-led analogue odyssey through varying reflective themes, yet morphing into a punchy digital microcosm of itself - a perfect summary for an album which is daring and inventive but still openly accessible to everyone.