Vancouver based producer The Square Root of Evil (aka Jen Pearson) is predominately known for her quirky IDM chiptune performances, recently opening for Warp recording artists Plaid. On her latest release, “Shiretoko” she delivers a rare appearance as X41, her ambient alias and collaboration with Jon Anastasiades. Using a collection of software and hardware, they draw their influences from a wide variety of sources; organic and inorganic ambiance, astronomy, oceans and internal soundscapes. Together they’ve performed numerous times, including Decibel festival, Pan Ambient and sub.ciliate art events. The duo usually incorporates a visual component with custom projections (made by Jon under his PixelWrangler pseudonym), lasers and costumes.
Shiretoko, meaning “end of the earth,” is a thirty-three minute semi-improvised dark yet emotionally encapsulating ambient drone journey with haunting nuances, submersive echoing, reverberating spatial synths and hints of guitar distortions creating an other worldly experience. How you interpret Shiretoko’s cosmic atmosphere is where the visceral beauty lies, revealing deeper experiences with each listen.