ARTIST: ANTETHIC

TITLE : MYTHOGRAPHER

LABEL: HOLY ROAR RECORDS

RATING: 7/10

WORDS: PHOEBE MESSENGER

Hailing from St Petersburg, Russia, trio Antethic are yet another band bringing something fresh and thought-provoking to the table in 2020. Their innovative style sees them journey through soundscapes which entwine atmospheric post-rock infusions and modern electronic elements, creating a highly distinctive blend. Synth-driven Mythographer is their third album, but is also unique in that it is the group’s first international release, opening the doors wide open for further first impressions. 

Mythographer is unique in that it is a record that you can either choose to deep dive into and soak in every electronic detail and production element while equally it would be suitable music for study or work focus

Mythographer is unique in that it is a record that you can either choose to deep dive into and soak in every electronic detail and production element while equally it would be suitable music for study or work focus – appealing in the current climate. It is not, however, an album that can just be listened to casually or in passing and doesn’t pride itself on being catchy or attention-grabbing.

Opener ‘I Glow’ initially does not really give away any hints of what is to come from the album, the first two minutes instead launching into a slow, intergalactic sci-fi soundscape. Eventually this leads into dark and brooding beats and later contrastingly bright delayed synths, building anticipation and wonder at where the record could go next. 

Lead single ‘Frontier’ comes in next with harder hitting, cinematic beats and dancing rhythms with the pace climbing throughout, giving it an erratic and dazed feel. Third track ‘Haoma’ veers more predominantly towards post-rock. It is truly haunting and coloured with emotion but holds its own technical twists, its end signified by distorted static sounds. ‘To Move A Mountain’ stands on its own, opening disorientingly with what appears to be a surreal single guitar chord strung out essentially for the first two minutes with mounds of feedback. Later, crackling synths and bright, spacey sounds build and give the track an ambiguous climax. 

‘Absurd Hero’ and ‘Tyro’ evoke the most modern aura from the album, with bright synth peaks and troughs akin to those heard in nostalgic video games. ‘Tyro’ also brings in the strung out guitar chord once again towards the end and it seems more in place than in ‘To Move A Mountain’, with warm synths still bubbling over the top of it and blending well. ‘The Unturnable’ brings Mythographer to a close but by no means slows anything down, maintaining the pace and if anything leaves the seven-track album open for more. 

Mythographer is deserving of the time needed to sit down and listen to it in detail more than once

Mythographer is difficult to sum up as one because it does not appear to follow any sort of linear narrative. Each track is rich with layers that simultaneously peacefully coexist while also contrasting with one another. As a completely instrumental album, there are no lyrics to tie the themes of the songs to. However, while the tracks share many of the same elements, they are performed individually enough to be interpreted to tell their own story, provoking limitless vivid imagery from the unique mind of the listener to make of it what they will. 

It is clear that years of technical knowledge and expertise have gone into crafting this special record which is both cinematic and thought-provoking. Mythographer is deserving of the time needed to sit down and listen to it in detail more than once to embark on a journey of discovery as it will reveal something previously unheard each time. 

Mythographer by Antethic is out now via Holy Roar Records.

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