Pneumania follows the 2016 E L O N EP, Concupiscence. Across six tracks, it unfolds psychedelic interpretations of beat-centric electronic music, referencing electro and dub techno while searching for new ground. The title derives from “pneumonia” and “pneumatic,” relating to both respiratory illness and air or gas under pressure, while phonetically pointing toward a literal "New Mania." The word is Katz' attempt at characterizing a paradigm shift experienced within the past decade: a rampant increase of austerity, an acceleration of avarice, and a trend toward extreme political schism.
Katz has worked in various modalities since 2008, maintaining an active culture of projects including White Car, Streetwalker (in collaboration with Beau Wanzer), and a slew of other aliases, including E L O N and Zero Grow, the project and label he runs from his Los Angeles home studio.
Left Hand Path is run by Nihar Bhatt and Chris Zaldua, two members of the San Francisco experimental techno collective Surface Tension.
01. The Narrative
02. My Tertiary Agency
03. Inside the Private City
04. Standing with Precarity
05. Denizen Friend
Pneumania LP lands June 25, with the title track streaming below.