Switzerland’s Sum Of R are Reto Mäder and Fabio Costa. The Band exists since 2008 and was created by Reto Mäder to construct/deconstruct sound in ways that infest and cloud the interior of the mind. Sum Of R creates slow moving instrumental music with a sensibility for hypnotic and complex song structures.
Their intense and pulsating sound is influenced by dark ambient, nebulous post metal, psychedelic/experimental music, cinematic post rock and ghostly electronic music. Sum Of R’s ritualistic take on expanding sound layers is deepened by the rawness of an unconventional metal atmosphere plunged into darkness, light and its reflection. Their live performances as a duo are characterized by a cyclical process involving guitars, effects, drums, synths, samples and drones to create a unique and dense whole which is more than the sum of its parts.
Sum of R’s self-titled debut album was released in 2008 on Milwaukee-based independent label Utech Records (Home of Locrian, Aluk Todolo, Horseback, Nadja, James Plotkin, Mamiffer, House of Low Culture), followed by the 2012 EP „Ride out the Waves“ on Italian label Storm As He Walks and contributions on two compilations alongside bands like Sonic Youth, Sunn O))), Carla Bozulich, Master Musicians Of Bukakke, Menace Ruine, Aluk Todolo; Sum of R’s second full-length “Lights on Water” has been released in 2013 on Utech Records and self-released in 2014.
The new and third full length Sum Of R album „Orga“ will be out in mid-September on Cyclic Law and Czar of Crickets / Czar of Revelations. Orga is a voyage that promises to wholly claim the spirit of its passenger, embracing mind and senses, swathing them with strange, vivid and mysterious nebula. Soothing at times, disturbing at times, confusing at times. It offers the listener access to a self-contained dimension, which once entered, binds the arrival from beginning to the very end. It seeks to translate the cosmic energy to waves of sound – where spirit, body and instrument become one, uniting, floating as formless waves in the seas of equilibrium, hauntingly beautiful and pure.
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