Precision engineered triptronica
Brokenchord is the alias of Ernestas Kaušylas, a Thom Yorke-approved musician from Lithuania.
Ernestas Kaušylas is one of electronic music’s multi-taskers. Currently studying music at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague in parallel to his Brokenchord releases, Kaušylas has also written music for a Danish theatre group and toured Eastern Europe with Ninja Tune’s Bonobo. His track ‘Lowe’ caught Radiohead’s attention, leading to frontman Yorke asking Kaušylas to remix ‘Give Up The Ghost’ from ‘The King Of Limbs’ alongside plenty of more established electronic music luminaries.
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On the strength of his new ‘Endless Transmission’ album, Kaušylas isn’t just going to be seen as the guy who got the coveted Radiohead remix gig. Where his earlier music as Brokenchord had a playful, Avalanches-esque sense of kleptomaniac levity and enforced wonkiness, ‘Endless Transmission’ packs a surprising punch. Here you’ll find angsty, dirty, fuzzy desert-washed blues, serene moments of beautiful transcendence and even a touch of that enduring motorik sense of forward motion. Kaušylas worked with a jazz drummer on some of the tracks but, with a producer’s instinct that rivals Martin Hannett’s, insisted that Augustas Baronas attack his kit like a machine, dispensing with almost every last trace of looseness, and making this record one of electronica’s most “human” endeavours. ‘Endless Transmission’ at times makes a spirited bid for a timely trip hop revival, but one ground down by a world gone sour over two miserable decades.
‘Endless Transmission’ is out on Black Acre