Mute Records / Spoon Records (2013)
Named after an ancient construction style involving stacks of irregularly-shaped rocks, Cyclopean
is an instrumental quartet comprised of Burnt Friedman, Jono Podmore, and two founding members of Can
, Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt. In line with their namesake, Cyclopean piece together disjointed building blocks to form sonic megaliths, as if to stress not just the importance of an impressive final form, but of minute attention to detail as well.
Repetition and minimalism go hand-in-hand on Cyclopean
; finely-tuned percussive components and well-placed electronic drones, noises, and theremin textures comprise the foundation of the record. Though the EP initially weighs heavy, it grows increasingly airy as it progresses. By its end, it has been loosened from its restrictive ground tethers, ready to float off like a castle in the sky.