Touch’s latest release is an LP by Sohrab, A Hidden Place.
The 26-year-old artist was born in Tehran, and takes his name from an old poem called ‘Shahname’; it means ‘rouge water’ or ‘blood’. According to Touch he is, “like so many, displaced within his own country and occupies a similar internal cultural isolation”.
A Hidden Place, available on vinyl and digital, is comprised of six tracks made by Sohrab using Reason 3, a MIDI controller, a sampler and Ambrosia recording software. As you can hear in a free download of non-album track ‘Noone Really Knows’, his music is at once expansive and inward-looking; its pattering rhythms and sighing, echo-drenched chords are faintly reminiscent of the ambient techno of Thomas Köner, but more grounded, more menacing.
The album is out now, with artwork by Jon Wozencroft. More information here.
A3. Pedagogiccheskaya Poema
B1. Himmel Über Tehran
B2. A Hidden Place