A.R.C. Soundtracks is an audio/visual project based in the north of England. Marrying bleak drones, echoed-out percussion and FX-heavy spoken-word to disorientating, ritualistic visuals, they make for an unsettling encounter. The duo have released music via Gizeh Records, Sacred Tapes, Future Sequence and LCR Records. Their work has been shown at Falmouth University's Dark Sound symposium (2015) and Lightworks Festival (2016).
'DERELICTION//MIRROR' (Gizeh Records, 2017)
GROOVE.DE: "A sound world in which uncertain signals are lost in endless hallways and pulverized rhythms find a place in the immense emptiness of decaying industrial plants. A perfect dystopia."
GONZO CIRCUS: "Their trademark is industrial noise with cold melodic structures. 'DERELICTION// MIRROR' literally sucks the sunlight from your soul, yet you want to listen again and again."
WE ARE UNSEEN: "An excellent soundtrack for a particularly desolate film or video game."
'FROM A SHATTERED BEAM' (Sacred Tapes, 2016)
BLEEP.COM: "Kevin Drumm-style drones and Secret Boyfriend-style sketches of post-punk ambience. From a Shattered Beam is an incredibly strong piece of work and features abstract beauty at its core."
'ARCHIVE: VOLUME ONE' (LCR Records, 2014)
ECHOES & DUST: “A record with a deep, resonant atmosphere, reminiscent of the likes of Demdike Stare, Svarte Greiner and even Swans at points. Should prove to be one of the highlights of the year.”
ROCK-A-ROLLA: “Eroded, rurally blemished drone. It’s difficult to tell if the music is reassembling or falling apart further, and that’s a beautiful thing.”
THE SKINNY: “As dark and troubling as it is beautiful and elegiac.”
DROWNED IN SOUND: "Fantastic." Included in The Finest Ambient Albums end-of-year review.
ELECTRONIC BEATS (DE): The Road To The Camp film featured in Videodrome round-up.
EARS4EYES: “The sonic equivalent of a Cormac McCarthy character wandering a blasted deadscape.”