Christina Nemec and Peter Rehberg, members of Shampoo Boy, here as a duo under the Pita & Chra moniker in compelling sound work of sinoid rhythms and eerie electronic noise, great textural work in a tapestry of unusual sound mastered by Martin Siewert.
Pita & Chra
Jukebox-Series 005 [7-inch VINYL]
Label: Trost Records
Released in: Austria
"Christina Nemec and Peter Rehberg have known each other for some time. As well as playing together in Blackest Ever Black outfit Shampoo Boy alongside Christian Schachinger, Nemec has seen releases on Rehberg's Editions Mego imprint. Their latest collaboration together as 'Chra & Pita', comes in the form of a 7" single for the Trost Jukebox Series.
I have found Nemec's work somewhat difficult to pin down previously. Her 2009 LP Derive for example has the scattergun structure of a hip-hop mixtape, tracks like 'Säkenoivästä' evoking early Kyoka releases with their playful use of vocals and buoyant hooks. Her most recent LP on the other hand, Empty Airport, is more akin to the work of Pan Sonic, or something you might find on Ukrainian label Kvitnu.
Rehberg's back-log is perhaps slightly easier to gain hold of. His 1995 EP with General Magic is comprised of scratchy electronica and funk-tinged glitch, while later releases resemble the styles you might find on Mille Plateaux. Most recently he released Get In, an Editions Mego LP which aligns these different approaches alongside a healthy dose of shoegaze ambient.
On this release, Nemec and Rehberg evoke the computerized aesthetic of someone like Gábor Lázár, combining intense, gothic atmospheres with distant synthetic melodies. A-side 'Cynthia' places stuttered bleeps alongside squealing modulations and slow rises of static, tasteful phone-line abstractions disorientating the listener even further in the track's latter half. 'Not My People' on the other hand deploys grumbling radiophonic swells of low-end, time-stretched sci-fi stings adding a sense of creeping discomfort.
The duo have carved out a niche for themselves which makes an impressive start for their debut collaboration (in this form at least), combining Nemec's mastery of volcanic noise and drone textures, with Rehberg's penchant for digitized oddities."-Stray Landings
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"Chra is the alter ego of Viennese author, DJ, music addict and radio/TV presenter Christina Nemec. After a period experimenting with low frequencies and noise effects, chra started to work on more club-friendly beats, using sinewaves processed through a tape recorder and other analogue and digital tools to allude to landscapes, territories, silence and extraordinary and extreme situations. She is also a member of Shampoo Boy and SV Damenkraft, has made performance works with Lydia Lunch, and runs her own label, Comfortzone."-Comfort Zone Music (http://www.comfortzonemusic.com/chra)
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"Peter Rehberg (a.k.a. Pita) (born 29 June 1968, London) is an author of electronic audio works and currently head of Editions Mego. In 1999 he received Prix Ars Electronica Distinction Award for Digital Musics, alongside Christian Fennesz. He also runs the Editions Mego label, formerly known as Mego."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Rehberg)
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Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TRJBX 005EP
Squidco Product Code: 22698
Format: 7" Record
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