Inkräktare has just dropped their new collaboration in the form of these eleven tracks under the guise of the title ‘We Are Not Really Here’. They often say that great minds think alike and when those minds collide you have genius on record. This is no truer than on ‘We Are Not Really Here’. Electronic maverick producer Dean Garcia (Curve, SPC ECO, S T F U, Blurred City Lights) brings on board Mark Wallbridge (a.k.a. Vasko The Pig) with a matter/anitmatter mix and blend of magic feedback and gaze-grind with a set of tracks that seamlessly blend into one another like a dark dreamlike state of musical madness with touches of bliss and strokes of clarity.
Ten years have passed since the release of the first Inkräktare album ‘You Have Reached Your Destination’, an intentionally low key release. With their new album, the pair have raised the bar through the roof to create something far more inclusive, focused and defined. Maverick producer and multi-instrumentalist Dean Garcia is in full flow with this record. Like it or not, Dean has the gift of mood-enhancing magic about him – here we find those skills in full force. Dean’s very specific and particular expertise, combined with Mark’s militantly distorted art-scape sound pools not only a guide but drive the recordings at full autobahn pace through a world of abstract, yet very tonal and suggestive aural mood swings.
Joining the Inkräktare voice dots here are the interstellar vocal talents of Rose Berlin (SPC ECO) and Preston Maddox (Bloody Knives and S T F U), as well as vocal contributions from Mark and Dean. As with the previous release, there’s an unpredictable voice element at play here. From the albums opening song ‘Speak Out Loud’ to the album’s closer ‘Could There Be’, you get a very broad sense of mood vocals from all.
“This is a very different kind of collaboration in terms of how the ideas are formed and realized than anything I’ve done before. The original soundscapes that Mark sends me are not fully formed as such in any way, they have form but it’s very abstract, ie no specific arrangements, middles, bridges chorus’s, etc, they are open to interpretation to my ear and can, therefore, go anywhere, unstructured and unrestricted or constrained by a preconceived template. My connection to them is very much from a tonal point of view, the aim is to magnify what’s thereby developing a more defined structure by means of bass and drums or anything I feel works,” says Dean Garcia.
“It’s like someone giving you an abstract painting and allowing the other to somehow make it more defined, but still maintain and allow the original source to breathe and shine through. What’s fascinating to me is the way that process happens. I connect in such a particular way that, instead of having to really try or think about how to merge the two, it just happens on its own instinctively because the original backdrop is so strong with its unique built-in art-mosphere. It allows me to just let loose and expand or try things that I otherwise would not. I’ve always said the key to making something you love is to allow this unstructured free-fall on-the0fly no-fucks-given elements into the recording process. When they happen or you allow and embrace this approach, you’ll get something deeper, more expressive and original. Working with Mark’s sound ideas does exactly that – it not only encourages this but almost taunts or dares you to open up and go there.”
As with all of Garcia’s projects and collaborations, there’s a certain hi-brow air and confidence about the recordings, offering mood-laden sculptured and alternative influenced sonidelica. Fun fact: Inkräktare is the only UK band with a Swedish name (translates as Intruder).