Album of the week: Sigha – Metabolism

Sigha’s second album continues to explore that indefinable boundary between the dance floor and the artistic motive. Emerging out of the versatile club scene in the UK in 2009, Sigha, like so many of his contemporaries, took to a divergent path in a world dictated by dubstep and found the allure of Techno to good to resist. Music that broods in the melancholic atmosphere where deep bass figures loiters; minimalist synthesised landscapes thrive; and rhythms chug, is where Sigha’s sound lives. Through the 12 tracks on Metabolism he expands on a musical ideology that looks toward an “arcane spirituality”, where places of worship are re-contextualised in the cavernous, brutalist architecture of European club spaces.

Sigha’s music on Metabolism is built on repetition as mantra and melody and harmony as space. Deep reverbs extend like sinuous glands from the unwavering foundation of 4/4 percussive rhythms that seem absolutely content in song structures that refrain from progression in search of something transcendent in the extended moment. There’s a severe focus on sound design, where the artist creates sonic environments rather than songs or tracks. In the album context they draw on a singular thread that ties them altogether in an LP that liberates itself from the strict confines of the dance floor for something more abstract, yet still functional.

There’s no clear division between the tracks, and when your left with only the memories of the album what gets reconstructed in your minds eye is a picture of a completed whole. Metabolism is the artist second album and in a world