The Empire Line present six cyclonic episodes for confined spaces on their debut album, ‘Rave.’
Comprised of Posh Isolation’s Christian Stadgaard (Damien Dubrovnik, Vanity Productions), Jonas Rönnberg (Varg), and with Isak Hansen (Iron Sight) on tantrums, the trio’s marauding live shows have been translated into a slippery set of pummelling techno works, watermarked with florid noise.
‘Rave’ is a celebration of contemporary rave culture, focused on the everlasting and transcendent as the night slips out past the day. With living-for-the-weekend hedonism irretrievably converted into a manicured, violent cliché, building new worlds and forging new modes of intimacy takes an exceptional sincerity. Naming some of the crews closest to The Empire Line in the album’s titles, their spaces are examples of just how rave culture persists as a transgressive stronghold in people’s lives.
Ranging from k-hole anthems to jacking, close-range sessions, ‘Rave’ still bears the traces of the group’s experimental background, ensuring the tension is kept up through the catharsis.
All tracks written and produced by Jonas Rönnberg, Isak Hansen & Christian Stadsgaard
Recorded in Stockholm, Copenhagen & Berlin 2017
Photography by George Nebieridze
Mastered by Neel At EnissLab, Rome
Cat. No. NE43 – all rights reserved
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