Ektoise aim to make music that paints pictures in your mind, music that moves and inspires you. They fuse live performance with meticulously programmed electronics, obscure Eastern instruments and the latest digital toys to make music unlike any you’ve heard before.
Drawing from a fascination with all forms of music, Ektoise combine their favourite parts of Rock, Electronica, Ambient, Shoegaze, Trip-Hop, Metal, Drone, Noise and Avant-garde to build a sound that is entirely their own. The group began in 2007 as Purity Device, constantly modifying their sound, lineup and performance style until they found balance.
Current Lineup Include:
Greg Reason - guitar, bass, synth, programming
Hik Sugimoto - drums, percussion, synth
Greta Kelly - kemanche tarhu, violin
Jim Grundy - programming, synth
Scott Claremont - guitar, electronics
Tim Fairless - bass, synth
[ Remix/Reform ] is a collaborative record that sees their work rethought by some of the most accomplished artists in modern Electronica, from UK legends Bola and The Black Dog through to standout Australian talent like Nic McConaghy and Tigermoth.
We're proud to announce that we have issued a new EP by the name of Down River. This album-length dark ambient release features two extended remixes; one by zK (Skam / Volvox) and the other by Noah Landis (Neurosis, Tribes of Neurot, Blood and Time). This is an exploration of passing and of madness, of emptiness and presence. As well as the downloads, Down River is available as a hand-painted art edition CDR. Down River is the precursor to Distortions, a full-length release featuring reinterpretations of material from Kiyomizu by a host of contributors, including Mark Fell (SND), Dalglish, The Haxan Cloak, Subsea, HXDK and others. Distortions is due for release in September.
Additionally, there are a few on [ LIVE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE ] now and there will be more to come soon. So far we've uploaded [ Subquanta ] and [ Active Denial System ] and coming soon are There and Here, The Shoreline by Morning, Dissolved and others.
Distortions is now available as a free download from our Bandcamp page. This album presents remixes and reinterpretations of material from our album Kiyomizu, and features contributions from Mark Fell (SND), The Haxan Cloak, Scald Rougish (aka Dalglish / O.S.T. / Rook Vallade / etc), zK, Subsea, HXDK, Secret Killer of Names and Greg Reason. As one may imagine, it's a very diverse album indeed! We're also offering a CDr edition in a card wallet with handmade insert and for the first time in our history, you can purchase the album in 24 bit / 96 kHz FLAC if you're into that sort of thing. Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the new album!
Yet another album by [ Ektoise ]. A band I discovered quite some time ago and which amazes each and every-time a new release comes up. On "DISTORTIONS" [ Ektoise ] brings a powerful outcome blend with ambient, progressive and electro' all together. We've got 100's and 100's of ambient entries and [ Ektoise ] is one that sticks out purely based on their uniqueness of sound. By all means check out [ The Shoreline By Morning ], [ Subquanta ], [ Kiyomizu ], [ Down River ] on the artists BandCamp while keeping in mind the last two releases [ Down River ] and [ Distortions ] are a genuine piece of art.
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