TBR: 22nd February
Since featuring on ADSR Collective and Kann Records, Yalex Recordings owner Mary Yalex takes on the imprint headed up by Danny Clancy. The Dichotomy label's first of 2019 makes full use of Mary Yalex's ability to lay down exquisitely deft electronics fortified with body grabbing rhythms. With every new release this German born producer seems to reach beyond her grasp and finds herself leaping from strength to strength. Remember When takes four digitally crafted journeys into EDM and ambient pads while industrial tendencies keep an element of the basement well within the boundaries.
It begins on a rolling flurry of drum and cymbal strikes which create a wobbling melody with their various tones. Distant pads begin to scintillate in adjacent corridors, their lights flickering through the open doors. A two step tone rhythm begins to dominate, their warm and reverberating character completing a non-intrusive surge into the track. A new melody, playful and charming leaks through the layers of sound, evolving in timbre and strain as each bar unravels. Consistent springy beats staple the sunny and brightening synthesiser tones to a wide open field of sounds. Natural elements of inspiration can be heard in the mirroring of wildlife and the moving of the trees. Here And Nowhere Else takes us to a secluded spot and allows us to relax in companionship with the surroundings.
A gloomier side is revealed as the mix turns over to let track two enter the scene. Rapid fire cymbals and a repeating chorus effect on the synth gives a captivating and alerting sense to this intro. Title track Remember When wants to be remembered and with the cortisol infused dream sensations spurning from this one, the audio journey is exciting already. Tribal sounds in percussion adds an organic and woodland quality that when greeted by digital effects and tones, creates a symbiont sound with a haunting yet strangely calming arrangement. Repeating tones that drone as a loop, their attack and decay left to climb and fall, give a miraging perceptive quality to the outlay. High pitch whistles and chorus drenched lower and midrange synths mix with the interesting and communicative rhythm to bring out a hypnotic and enchanting production.
Static and distorted melody break free to reveal the third in the list. As the dreamy thread of direction continues, more homely feels are laid on as scratchy vinyl and sugar-shaker beats bring back memories of other times. Happy and well lit sonics gleam in neatly joined packages, the progression builds to incorporate more sounds and elements of tune. The composition swells and higher notes climb into the air like flocks of disturbed birds as two people walk by, hand in hand. Ambient Floor takes us on a sonic boat journey through the enrapturing river of inner directions. Wooden taps enter to bring the track to a graceful final chapter, with swaying tempo and enchanting sonics dripped over a solid beam of light, we're walked gently from one side to another.
Breathy notes and twisting windmills of sound build up to greet an arpeggiated flurry of digital notes. Retro waveforms with modern dress-sense dance upwards and build a neatly formed tower of sound. High pitched backwards played notes revolve around on their plinths while runs of melody take two steps at a time to fill their distances in the space needed. Resonant drums poke through and bring out a new area of dimension, the ice in the glass sensations swirl around us and as the room is mixed by the reaching stick of the sound quality, we're dizzied by the flux of electronica. Wobbling melody builds on the foundations of what remains to fill a final void before the EP draws to a relaxing and morish close.
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