Hill Of Vision
Just This Records
TBR: 22nd February
Gloomy and introspective electronic sounds are the forte of Just This, the electric collective based in sunny Milan. This snappy four track release delves deep and mines for those waveforms which reflect the way we can sometimes feel. Hill Of Vision make full use of their companion in composition Alex.Do, who lends his talents for a remix. Uncovering the twilight of the soul and shining dimly glowing lamps on the sinister sculptures etched into the walls of dream, Hill Of Vision and Evolution mark yet another grand chapter in the story of Just This. Named after the classical description of visual perception, once described as a hill of vision in a sea of darkness, it draws our thoughts in to the things that we cannot perceive and if we are really in a position to say either or on any deeper truth.
Murky rhythmic pulses echo and bubble in shady corners as the title track begins the record. Tapping sonics with distorted edges gradually grow into a quickly moving head bopping slurry of sound. High amplitude insertions of disjointed and sampled sound break through like rocks poking from the lapping shore. Vocals and metallic tubular wind sounds dance and build while a subtle intensity loops through the consistent and punchy undercurrent of tempo. Glowing breaths of crystal clear tone start to decorate the otherwise spacious and edgy mix. A heavenly feel overpowers any notion of anxiety that the first half of the track was pointing to. I can see why this is called Evolution.
The second number is a remix of the first. Alex.Do has taken the initial airy and downcast introducing rhythm and pushed it into a new realm of energy. The transition has given the piece a second wind of dance compatibility, having a more grabby and solid percussive effect. Synths gargle and twist beneath the punchy drumming and occasionally push through in singular flurries of form. The gear-shift early on with the addition of another layering of drums is soon greeted by another one, this time as a pulsating synthesiser tone. Twangy beats and repeating drum patterns give rise to a slowly progressing journey through evolving rhythms. The remix of Evolution sounds totally different to the original, and that matters a lot.
The third track is called Signs. It begins with a double layering of kick-drum and synthesiser, and soon these are joined by more eerie sounds. Channels of sonic clarity form around shadows of misty atmosphere. Soon a new pressure is added as another layer of drums gives a double timed beat to the already fast tempo. Distant drums thunder from nearby hills in sporadic bursts of tribal communication. Vocalised keyboard tones waver through shimmering pulsations of tinkling drum and thudding bass. As the progression brings us into new corners of the track, volumes of various elements are nudged up to become dominant parts in the mix while other sections fade into back-seat territory.
Spiralling synthesiser opens the final track on Evolution EP. Land Of Vision opens a vast landscape of sonic topography while a gentle build of drumming brings in a bustling array of vibrant nature. The patterns and gestures within each bar are gracefully balanced on each other while persistent growth and change builds an adventuring spirit through the mix. Chunky bass tones thump through in melodic trunks of tube-like sound while pushes of tone slide around on slinky dance-floors allowing whole groups of people to be swept along by the tidal composition. Surges of drumming and crashing cymbals build on the already teetering peaks of energy which culminate in an exciting yet decisively murky thrust into the mental half of the universe.
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