TBR: 29th March
So hot off the presses, it was only safe to touch yesterday. This four track landmark release from Bricolage has been eagerly awaited by a huge crowd of eclectic electrophiles in the home town of Glasgow and across the global tribe. Choosing experimental layering of heady to rushy elements gives this producer a subtle craft which he manipulates expertly with each master copy. That distinct flavour of hypnotising mesmagorica which pulsates from the stereo while Loui Cleghorn is in the system is becoming ever more appreciated everywhere. What's been given is a two track original with a remix for each by a duo of wave-makers in the industry.
Starting with a party atmosphere with high energy tones and a quick stepping beat, a hat tap doubles up the tempo within bars. Revolution of metal on stone casts a rhythmic grinding sensation while digital drops of sound grow like upwards falling rain. A break rolls down in a sonic avalanche of subtle drums which allows the music to reveal a bright and sparkling core. Synthesiser arpeggio like compositions glint in the new surfaces and a bass tone on a distorted keyboard forms a driving pulse. Movements of tone upwards gives an uplifting force to the onwards momentum behind this piece, with a title like The Halcyon Days, we can expect a confident and optimistic sound. That's what we get.
Echoing beats start the scene for Fortysomething. Now with a few years under the belt, what's changed? Introspective warbles of worming synthesiser spell magical wisps in twilight skies. Digital bass runs bring on a sense of futuristic pace which manifests as everything learned up until now. This brings a sense of direction and internal geography to where we are headed yet still there's a lot more exploring to do. Sudden and dynamic, the energy of the mix climbs on itself with continual repetitions of tone and beat that pierce and wiggle their way into our minds. It's okay though, it sounds really good. Dancing in spotlit corners with pint in hand while chatting to various familiar faces has its new soundtrack. Here we are, in the darkroom, summoning the might of the fantastic night out meant for this recording.
Devras Plexi gets a turn to remaster the initial number, the remix of The Halcyon Days makes its way over for track three. It starts with an industrial edge. Digitally enhanced sounds reverberate well into the distance with perfectly timed inclusions. The vibratory quality of the whole piece shifts a gear after a few moments and brings on crazy minded melodics which jump and leap like grasshoppers in the rough. Then, a pulsating thread of synthesiser is needled through like a tapestry of sound being threaded with a brand new colour. This chiming sensation that washes like fluid bubbles sits back and forward in turn with various other forms of melody. Blips, rumbles, and turning over metalwork make up a homogeneous and smooth delivery of lumpy percussion. The texture fits perfectly with the adornment of various sonic phonics which scatter and stick in distinct and multiple directions.
Finally, we're greeted with a tough and down to earth drumbeat. Funky and pounding, the dirty bass drum gives way to robotic sounds and chattering. A formulative rhythm is crumbled over with dusty beats that sit on angular projections of sound. Quick marching snare and hats gift the sound with a sense of crunch while poingy notes dance and squirm on axis hidden within the crust. Crackling drums merge with the cheeky android sounds and lofi beats keep the timing in function when the music breaks down to a minimal score. These two remixes are around half the length of the two epic originals, however their compression has made room for a much more ferocious energy that's been mixed in to completely change the flavour and temperature of each offering.
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Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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