It can often feel like the minimalist dance compositions of British producer Daniel Avery and the dubby abstractions released by venerated Italian musician Alessandro Cortini exist in a shared universe. Both men fill their works with a conscious emptiness, a kind of awareness of the fact that, a lot of the time, electronic music is not a spectator sport but an immersive form; a listener needs space to see themselves within it.
With this likeness in mind, it makes perfect sense that Avery and Cortini have found each other as perfect collaborators over the past few years; as they showed on the 2017 Sun Draw Water EP, the merging of their styles can create for compelling work. Now, Avery and Cortini have returned with a full length expansion on what they started with Sun Draw Water: Illusion of Time, a beautifully rendered visual album that once again fuses the grit of Cortini’s work and the gloss of Avery’s, premiering at the top of the page.
"This record offered an escape for both of us," Avery wrote in an email to The FADER. "An opportunity to dive into another world safe in the knowledge that we would be there to catch each other."
"It was refreshing to be able to build on each other’s ideas without the weight of expectation," Cortini added, "following our instinct exclusively, whether it was adding a whole arrangement or simply white noise."
Ahead of its release this Friday, stream Illusion of Time in full above, and pre-order the record here.