Total immersion - The Berlin duo Amnesia Scanner make electronic music that feels both organic and alienatingly futuristic. Even at its most mordant, AS somehow remains accessible and exciting, uncomfortable music you can dance to.
The goal of the Amnesia Scanner live show is: to turn the stage into a living organism. They incessantly pursue this goal and achieve it by using techniques from the theatre, cinema and the technological innovations of nightclubs. They call it Xperienz, and those who have witnessed it talk of a totally enveloping spectacle that has no comparison to anything they have seen before. However not only their live show deserves this widespread praise: much of the prestige they have accumulated in just eighteen months has to do with “AS”, their debut EP and a record full of complex structures, supernatural landscapes and dense sounds, while at the same time remaining dance friendly and enjoyable.
Reluctant to give explanations or appear in public, the Berlin duo has been linked to the Janus platform, where they join similar names like M.E.S.H. and Lotic, although their first release was for the British label Young Turks. In 2014 they produced a track for Mykki Blanco and the following year they collaborated with Holly Herndon on the excellent “Platform”, and released their first mixtape on which their intense sound already seemed to be perfectly formed.