Inspired by the mysteries of the afterlife, Chaos In Premonition returns to the fantastical realm that Spotted Peccary artists Deborah Martin and Dean De Benedictis created in their ﬁrst collaboration as Desensitized in 2020. Like their previous work Hemispherica Portalis (Portal of 1000 Years), Martin and De Benedictis recorded their latest release live in the studio together, forming nine pieces from edited improvisations. Blending instrumentation such as clay ocarinas, ﬂutes and Tibetan bowls with a variety of digital and analog synthesizers, Chaos in Premonition is an album that invites contradictions, and transforms them.
Press release by Beth Hilton
The title track “Chaos In Premonition” begins in quiet vastness and rises to a bewildering crescendo, then fades to an ethereal chorus. Percussive chimes like raindrops in a cavern rise slowly from shadowy depths, evoking the cosmic. From there, the piece builds a sonic mosaic of skittering breakbeats, glitched fragments and glimmering arpeggiations: the birth of a world from quietude.
On “Abundant Time” counter-rhythmic clock samples and heartbeats ebb and ﬂow around sinuous drones and gently plucked strings. With “Immortals And Their Graves,” De Benedictis’ Mayahachi ﬂute moves from calm lulls to sweeping trills to rhythmic stutterings and back again, capturing in its amorphousness the peaks and valleys of a life. Even vocal elements appear in the ﬁnale “Sleep Of Innocence” which ﬁnds Martin and De Benedictis humming in harmony over celestial chimes, an otherworldly lullaby. Just when one feeling takes hold, it darts away—unknowable, and yet a seamless compositional ﬂow offers a well crafted consistency with every track.
Martin describes the joy of collaboration as discovery; as each artist brings their own unique identity, how their compositional styles will blend is a mystery until uncovered. She continues: “That is what I ﬁnd most exciting, the endless potential and possibility.” De Benedictis says “the essence and originality of Desensitized lies in how Deborah and I are so different.” From asynchronous perspectives comes sonic synchronicity. On Chaos In Premonition, this accomplished duo weave the ancient and futuristic into an otherworldly tapestry all their own.