Public Possession Records
TBR: 23rd August
Public Possession stand ready to release this fantastic mixed artist release with one idea in mind. Let's just chill the hell out! What ever it was that got you up on the wrong side of bed a few years ago can just fizzle out into the realms of theory. This is a new day, a new start, and a new record to set the tone for the future. Relaxation for good mental health and spiritual awareness comes in many forms, and that's why this long play album is made with many ingredients. The serving suggestion recommends hedonism and relaxation, so let's stick it on and see what it's got.
It starts with chimes and a vinyl crackle that brings a warming feel. The repeating bell strikes become a bed for guitar notes to pluck sunshine melody across like floating shards of light. RIP Swirl with Spring Break seems to put us in the midst of flowing plants and circling birds. Sounds of life mix with delicately mixed music to bring out a dual nature of inside and outside as we meditatively walk through the world. Tornado Wallace comes next, with Mermaid Beach. Tippy tappy drums build a shimmering stage for more acoustic guitar and flourishing synths. Neat use of chord and key bring on delicious tangents to the flow which help us sink deeper into the chair.
Track three opens with a sleek synth string and a cosy bass-line. A sultry female vocal sings over in layers of lyric and melody. AKSK brings us Special Times And Places. It's a smooth and soulful number sung across neatly manicured beats and synthesiser in dreamy motifs. Mozaika are next with something a little musac. Cheerful repeating phrases saunter along in an easy listening groove while glistening bells and reverberating rhythms prance around the central point of clarity. Whistling tones sweep across in an air of vocal effectiveness and sunshine style sway pumps from the stereo.
Story 3 by DJ Cat opens with a sleek rhythm on wooden drums serve with a twisting spring percussion. As the cork is pulled from its glass compress over a series of well times twists, a new summery vibe shines across the notework. A smooth and laid back walk through mysterious sonics and glare makes this something to sit back and plan your next move to. It's followed by a bass heavy plucky number that circles around in vibrant bursts of jazz inspired song. Double bass feels and brightly toned guitar and synth clamber along in major scales. Sui Zhen with Diane has a playful girlish energy that feels lovely.
Britney by Obaiski takes us into the tribal zone straight away. Banging culture drums slam down a beat while strange sounds of shakers and moving parts fill the spaces. A two tone melody strikes a neat line through the middle applying yet more sunshine and brightness to this album. More notes emerge from the cosmos of potential sound and prop up the simple but breathe guiding progression. New synths add a bass quality that follows in unison with the other notes. It's a full on hypnosis session into some mysterious realm. Next is a fast paced number. A guitar plays along with a jazzy drum kit as metalwork and tom tom find a neat rapport. Then, soulful and mellow trumpet pours over the entire cake like single cream, running across in timed passages and wholesome smotherings of softness. Fazer by Khanda takes us into a late bar where all the movers of the world like to drink.
Sugar by Nice Girl uses playful melody and housey drums to bring an upbeat natured enthralled adventure. Sparkling tones drift from top corners into heady rooms of quietly moving people. We hear a sweet and moving synthesiser. P.O.P with Elvissa is a homely ballad across digital intentions. Along with neat runs of piano bell, the track elevates sweetly into the realms of calm. Songbirds titter as a vocal sample reverberates through the mix. Plucked bass tones enter on a digital plinth that wobbles and squares in strange projections of sound. It progresses slowly and builds into levels of natural beauty.
Brian By The Sea by Aksel & Aino is next. A deep and wooden bass tone plays out a slow moving tune. Chimes delicately placed on the opposing beats resonate in ghostly strikes. Duet vocals sing beautiful words across digital bass plucks and mellow chords. This is a nod in the direction of chill-hop. See You At Sandy's by Bell Towers follows. A vocal with heavy effects begins to sing across the music as a bell melody matches it note for note. The dual nature of the tune mixed with the electronic element in the human voice brings out a strange quality.
Celestine by Andras makes up track thirteen. It's followed by a tubular rhythmic melody that plays out across a couple of octaves. Distant and close synthesiser sounds mingle with the melody to chord and enhance with various elements. Finally, we meet Bullion and Heartrunner. It wins us over in steel string guitar bendiness while a funky bass pushes its juice into the equation. As the guitar builds on its own infusion of blues and rhythm, the bass continues to plough through the field with ample force. It's a simple and minimal entry, gathering momentum in subtle under-sonics allow the repeating phrases to shift on their foundations.
This is a great album, I got lost in it while listening. You can get a copy from Bandcamp.
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Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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