Hotel rooms can do strange things to you.
For the peripatetic Karhide, a year spent on the road to places as far-flung as South Korea, China and Canada has broadened his horizons still further, opening up a dramatic, cinematic palette of widescreen electronica – all composed in that dreadful space between check-in and check-out.
Where previous Karhide work has more often resembled Big Black if they were commissioned to soundtrack A Short Film About Killing, the 2018 model is closer to a post-rock Hans Zimmer, every bit-crushed snare and reverberating lead line building a horizonless expanse of sound.
Time away from home can do strange things to you.
Written, composed and recorded in hotels around the world, the new EP “All Lost, All Gone” is the result of many hours of late-night inspiration combined with the disconnect and madness that comes from days, weeks and months spent far away from everything you know.
The EP crosses as many moods as time zones involved in its production, with the soaring mellifluence of the title track paving the way for the pulverising stomp of “All Lost, All Gone”, perhaps best described as the perfect middle ground between Ministry and Clint Mansell.
This unique blend of the brutal and the swooning can be traced back to Karhide’s electronic upbringing in the East Midlands – though he’s been programming beats for as long as DJ Shadow, the culture from which he draws inspiration is that of the industrial-strength beats of Godflesh and Frontline Assembly.
Time away from home can do strange things to you. But on this evidence, the longer Karhide spends travelling the world, the better it will be for all of us.