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"Isikles puts the listener on a beautiful elegant journey of ambient, soundscapes, pulses and textures. One of the best chill out albums to come out in a long time."
– Richard Devine (Electronic musician & Sound designer)

"It’s interesting how it seems to transport my mind in both directions on the timeline. Certain elements send me back, sometimes way back, while others have a future oriented thrust. There is a sense of silent disaster unfolding. I imagine that this is what dying might feel like: when your mind brings you a sense of comfort, which masks the finality of the event…"
– Piotr Szyhalski (Visual artist, musician and educator)



Geologists propose that Earth has entered the Anthropocene. This epoch is marked by human activities that significantly impact the planet's ecosystems. Markers include mass-extinctions that have led to a reduction in biodiversity, industrial and agricultural impacts on geology, radioactive fallout, and the most obvious marker — climate change.

As the planet warms polar regions teeter from stoic landscapes of frigid ice to rapidly evolving environments as they shed their ancient layers. Isikles is a portrait of nature and its transitions. It is a soundscape — a window to the coldest environments on earth; from the microscopic (Ice Mutation) to the macroscopic (Scattered Disk). Isikles reflects the undergoing global transitions of which we are all participants.

This album, produced by John Keston and Lister Rossel, combines composition with sound design techniques to present soundscapes inspired by these transitions. The sound sources include their own field recordings from frigid environments mixed with sonic interpretations uncovered through sound synthesis and processing during the brittle Minnesota winter.

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released May 31, 2015

Produced by John Keston and Lister Rossel
Mastered by Tom Garneau
Art direction by Luisa Rivera
Cover Art by Forrest Wasko

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Isikles Minneapolis, Minnesota

Isikles is an electronic music project featuring John Keston and Lister Rossel that uses sound design and synthesis techniques to illustrate frigid environments.

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