RADERE “The Blood” (Full Spectrum)

The process, the process. It’s easy to discuss it, to get inside someone’s head and figure out where they’re coming from, where they’re going, what their intentions are. Here, Radere, aka Carl Ritger, found himself moving back east from Denver. Since his stuff was all packed up, all he had on hand was a small modular synthesizer and digital recorder. A good artist is always able to use whatever’s around to realize their vision, and Radere is no exception. He was able to get creative under the circumstances, and The Blood is the result.

The Blood refers to his family. His folks live outside of Philly, and that’s where most of this was recorded. And as we all know, family can be crazy, can be unpredictable, can be challenging, in both good and bad ways. The Blood reflects that instability, its tactile sonics telling a story stretching over generations, at times intense and in-your-face, at others calmly observing itself, as if the machines of its making were trapped in a cycle of self-reflection. And isn’t it all self-reflection anyway, regardless of which end of the spectrum you happen to be occupying? The Blood comes off as Radere’s own worldview at a specific period of time, and he captures the uncertainty and the curiosity of his experiences quite remarkably.