Psytrance, or psychedelic trance, had its maximum peak in the first half of the 90's, linked to an alternative movement heavily influenced by Hindi religions, spiritual practices and meditation. Goa-trance (as it was called at the beginning, for its origins in the Indian region of Goa) DJs used to alter the themes they played, making them faster or slower, repeating the more hypnotic grooves and stripping them from the vocal parts.
Photograpsy shows the more agressive side of SXtheMadArtist's musical production, establishing itself into this powerful trance genre, more related to the wild side of nature than to rave parties urban environments.
'Blind senses', the opening theme, has a powerful drums and bass base over which a minimal and irrelevant melody is barely perceived, because the importance lies on rythm: let yourself go into the night party easily imagined at a beach, with bonfires and dancing figures, following the beats of Mediterranean tribal electronics. A dance that likely continues until dawn with 'Danzing dawn', a much more hypnotic theme with rythmic changes and pauses, just to breath before whipping the sand under the feet. Vocal samples close the theme and let in the more psychedelic piece, 'Forest of Lunix'. The EP closes with 'Exorbitant' without a break. Enjoying Photograpsy depends entirely on how much of our primal instincts are we ready to let loose.
If there is a word to describe the work of SXtheMadArtist, not only her music but also her visual designs, it probably is 'lush'. The Cypriot artist has no containment at all when it comes to fill the canvas, wether it is musical or visual, with all the colours and sounds she is able to pull out of her personal creative universe. This EP is a good example: the four themes part of it are rich, thick and shiny. Far from the Nordic austerity, there is a mediterranean character in Stalo Xinaris' music. Not in the composition itself, but it is there in the carelessness and the ease to fill the silence with all the imaginable sounds.