Ecila is the pseudonym of Belarusian but Belgium-based Sveta Shlyachova. She has been active in electronic music for over 15 years,jusually with partner Nikita Chudyakov. Together, they spearheaded the politically-charged breakcore/dubstep project STREFF and the more IDM-oriented Elements of Sci-Fi. Shljachova was also a member of the Kosmozo project that found success on the electronic circuit and released an album (Stories) in 2012 under the name Alice In Kosmoland.
The album includes both crackling electronica as well as vastly ambient atmospheres. An angelic quote by Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides illustrates best where Ecila got her inpiration from:
“...This leads Aristotle in turn to the demonstrated fact that God, glory and majesty to Him, does not do things by direct contact. God burns things by means of fire; fire is moved by the motion of the sphere; the sphere is moved by means of a disembodied intellect, these intellects being the ‘angels which are near to Him’, through whose mediation the spheres [planets] move... thus totally disembodied minds exist which emanate from God and are the intermediaries between God and all the bodies [objects] here in this world. “
Guide for the Perplexed II:4.
"Opener “To Seek In The Unconscious” is an immediate amalgamation in which bleeps from the comic school, semi-industrial sound waves and Raime’s experimental, dark electronics come together. Mostly surprisingly austere, but just as often almost languid, while rhythmic beats continue to provide a driving groove beneath the surface. If it still had something accessible and brooding until there, the last feigning to make a quickly digestible piece of work is then jettisoned. Shorter pieces like “Fading Star” and “Beyond The Echoes” trade in discomfort, with sinister whispers and desolate piano parts wrapped in ominous waves.
“Tears In The Deep” and “The Guardian”, in turn, refer emphatically to an obsession with the acoustic music of traditional concert halls, the former a feverish, creaking soundtrack, in which bouncing, rustling waves and snatches of haunting operatic vocals are thrown into the wringer; the latter with tuning strings, butt-shuffling and coughing concert-goers quickly sidelined by Spartan ambient with sparse rhythmic patterns. It shifts almost to the underwater frequencies of Köner & co. The temperature here is at least 30 degrees lower than in the opener.
Lovers of more experimental electronica will therefore have a handsome and, above all, coherent listen on The Sofa Managements that makes one look forward to more.”
Guy Peters, Enola
released May 24, 2013
(c) 2013 Ecila. Recorded and produced by Sveta Shljachova. Mastered by Nikita Chudjakov. Artwork by Bless You Design. Icarus records/Vynilla Vinyl.