Void Beats/Invocation Trex

Cavern of Anti-Matter - Void Beats/Invocation Trex
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #311 / 758
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
2016 Ratings: #341
February 2, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Duophonic / Label
Krautrock / Genres
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The Skinny
Cavern of Anti-Matter sees Stereolab's Tim Gane return to the fray with an epic 72-minute album full of the kind of metronomic beats, Krautrock and electronica which made his previous band such an eclectic delight.

By the time the meditative, strings-driven "Zone Null" brings Void Beats/Invocation Trex to a close, it feels like the end of a journey that reveals Cavern of Anti-Matter as a playful yet profound group capable of touching on the cosmic as well as kosmiche.

It was sometimes unclear when Stereolab's mid-century references were meant as kitsch, but here, Gane & co.'s retro-futurist flashback feels optimistic, as though convinced that the key to fulfilling the promise of a new era were just one perfect rhythm away.
Under The Radar
The attention to detail in the mixing of these accents is impressive in this collection, as it all coalesces into a sound that is both silky and relentlessly progressive.

Void beats enjoys advantages over lesser Stereolab releases like 2001’s Sound-Dust by offering a rockish danceability they never explored.


By focusing on simple, catchy melodies and loops and interesting drum rhythms, Cavern of Anti-Matter avoid many of the traps their peers in both the instrumental and electronic disciplines fall into. That focus keeps Void Beats / Invocation Trex consistently entertaining, especially on its longest compositions.

Consequence of Sound

With his new band, that air of futurity doesn’t carry quite the same weight, instead locking into the familiarity — driving rhythms and synth drones. It might not be as explosive as Stereolab, but Void Beats carries the same hypnotic quality.

- impact / listenability = 7
- creative / musicianship = 7.5
- consistency = 7.5
- recording (1/2) = 7
- feel factor (1/2) = 7
- overall = 72.5

The diversity in the tracks is the most engaging quality of the album. It's fun.
Once you entered this cavern, it would be very difficult to find your way out.
Just follow the progressive, electronic melody and after a long exploration, you would have discovered your possible exits.
For me, the repetitive style inherent in Motorik/Berlin School, etc. is an acquired taste. So, with this 2016 release I have found myself pleasantly surprised that in spite of a couple of low spots, the balance of the record is great. Having Bradford Cox [Legendary Wolfgang Press] provide a vocal gave it a cherry on top. Basically, you might want to consider using this music in the same manner ambient electronic music is used... To color your landscape. Honestly, I just pretend that Gane isn't ... read more
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#15/Drift Records

Track List

  1. tardis cymbals
  2. blowing my nose under close observation
  3. insect fear
  4. melody in high feedback tones
  5. hi-hats bring the hiss
  6. liquid gate
  7. pantechnicon
  8. black glass actions
  9. planetary folklore
  10. echolalia
  11. void beat
  12. zone null
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