Skist is the duo project of Samm Bennett and Haruna Ito. Skist uses electronics and electroacoustic materials to create evocative soundscapes and minimalist cross-rhythms, into which Haruna weaves her crystal-clear vocal lines, in a delicate interplay of unpredictable dynamics.
Their recordings (they've released two CDs on the Polarity label) have been meticulously crafted studio projects, full of detailed rhythmic interplay and sonic minutiae. Samm's programmed beats and live acoustic percussion have each played equal and important roles in the rhythmic structure of their compositions, and the buzzing, whirring and shimmering sounds that weave in and out of the rhythms are provided by Haruna's adventurous work with electronic feedback of all kinds. These rhythmic soundscapes provide the platform for Haruna's songs, which are marked by a very imagistic, often dreamlike logic of construction.