Surachai

Prolific Chicago/L.A.-based musician and producer Surachai makes music that unearths the connection between tweaky electronics, aggressive metal, and fearless avant garde noise – finding common ground in the dark atmospheres they all call into being.

Come, Deathless, Surachai’s newest album since 2016’s Instinct and Memory, continues his evolution as a composer, finding new emotional depths in an ever-widening range of textures and dynamics. Composed and recorded during a period of radical challenge and change – including the death of his father, loss of a longtime job, and a cross-country move – the album serves as both a reflection of and refuge from chaos and struggle. The work anchored him.

“Thousands of sounds were networked and streamlined through several computers so I couldn’t get away or have an excuse not to work on the album.”

Assisted by drummer Aaron Harris (Isis) and keyboardist Joey Karam (The Locust), Come, Deathless synthesizes live playing, field recordings, analog synthesizers, and heavy digital manipulation into a cohesive whole – guiding listeners on Surachai’s personal journey into anxiety, sorrow, and defiance. This music finds the artist sometimes marching, sometimes dancing, sometimes weeping, sometimes praying, and sometimes screaming.

The field recording sources of Come, Deathless range from the thick jungles and mountains of Thailand, California coastlines and various studios in Chicago. On the other hand, a lot of the synthesis comes from closed virtual environments or hulking immobile synthesizer systems. Thousands of sounds were networked and streamlined through several computers so I couldn’t get away or have an excuse not to work on the album.

As a professional sound designer, mixer, and location audio engineer Surachai works tirelessly to ensure his releases meet the highest sonic standards. His creativity and dedication to quality also inform the artwork and packaging of his LPs, resulting in physical artifacts that are as pleasurable to look at and hold as they are to listen to.

A deft collaborator, Surachai regularly harnesses the talents of visual artists to complete his vision. This quest for stunning images peaked with the sumptuous and mysterious eroticism of 2017’s Temple of the Weakening Sun, a short film set to music from the album.

Surachai is a co-founder of the BL_K Noise label and the Trash Audio collective, and curator of Make Noise Records’ “Shared System” series.