Out: 30th August
Tin Man makes an appearance for the eleventh release from Dutch Konstrukt Records. The acid genre which began in the 80s and became synonymous with Chicago now finds its way into other styles, poking its influence into many electronic music outfits. Tin Man puts this into action with a major homage to the sound by releasing a deep and hypnotic EP that pushes the acid style into as many crevices as he can. Featuring four tracks, each twice the length of a typical single, this record is a small party in its own right.
Quick snappy hats rummage around with a throbbing bass kick, it's held back by a whistling tone that breaks free. Jumpy oscillator synths bounce around on harmonious plinths to create a distinctive swirling arena. As the amplitudes roll onward, releasing gradual amounts of pressure, a space-age journey into swirling spacial dimensions ensues. Acid Swirls lives up to its name, and each track is given a similar self-descriptive title.
A new pulse opens for Acid Distances. A reverb on the drum and cymbal spans the sound into huge gaping valleys. A blip melody in the mid-range section opens the progression. It marches on to a 1-2 beat through rocky canyons and wide open landscapes filled with mists. The pace is quick, more than a walking pace, we jog briskly in a labyrinth of openness. Gain increases and a new element of space works its way through a dimension of sound as the notes in the melody begin to disintegrate.
I think this is the quickest tempo yet, Acid Breaths starts with a break of drums and cymbals that sound insisting and energising. A plucked melody walks up and down a short scale in a rhythmic pulse while dancing drums push us forward. The music builds and the effect on the warbling synth clarifies and distorts in neat packages, throwing the harmony in various directions like elastic changing its length with each pull.
For Acid Effects, the whole spectrum begins at once. Only the volume is set to low and we wait as the music amplifies. Distinctive parts begin to manifest from the original faded hum as new dimensions and sound elements emerge from the pudding. A chirrup of digital crickets brings a windswept and open space feel while echoing vibes and steady notations form like rafters in a tall and spacious barn. Swinging on support poles and acting out various situations through the mode of dance, the effect of this track is evocative and dreamy.
This minimal release is for people who love acid house, and for people who like interesting music. It's a demonstration of what can be done with relatively few instruments, and a mild beat consisting of only a handful of percussion tools. Less is more translates at volume too, making the music sound epic in a dancehall.
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