More Than Meets The Eye
Out 30th September
We are all the way over in Australia today because Andy Garvey has just released her latest EP. Taking the long way around with X-Kalay Records, it's assured that this artist will make huge insteps through the European fan-cloud. Here we are to get a spoonful and a little bit more of this neatly cut and steady flowing electronica from down under. The middle track is given a reworking by Tred, where the core of the music is pushed out to sea and allowed to break the sound barrier.
With floating synthesiser wafting in the open window and a grabby rhythm that lives on its own plane, the track begins. More Than Meets The Eye opens slowly, a stunning bass shatters the gloom as frameworks of reflective energy bounce the world into being. Melody shifts, the bass becomes treble and more drums find niche-holes in the tenuous dynamic. Slow grooves of tone slide gracefully and effortlessly over cracked patterns in crystalline matrices.
With squeaky electronica and rattling disparity, the next cut is unfurled. Rhythm then begins clapping with a rubbery snare before squashy bass starts too splodge in time to the flow. Broken segments of rhythm slip in together to make one continuous sandwich of sonic inventiveness that ties in superbly with the simple yet effective drum-score. This Silence Is False carries a harmonious mystery that wails like windy streets as the sun goes down. Drums begin to drive the music with an in-your-face mixing that lifts the tempo and bass to elevated levels.
Double Planetoid begins with a descending pitch that streaks across a sonic sky like a meteor. These become a shower as more follow to the sound of raindrop drums and shuddering bass. A walk in the park mt with a barrage of moving air, flashing lights, and diagonal showers. Hold on to your rain coats because this is getting serious. Extra pace is found as the motif joins in with an extra layer of perspective energy. Wandering bass tones explore vast spaces while pin-prick highs sparkle and lead the way.
This Silence Is False comes back to haunt us and this time it's given a dose of high-speed editing. The pace is turned up to a gallop as twangy notes bounce along in a sidecar of musical innovation. A slamming of drums then hits us with a rampant bass and hat riff that rolls off the tongue and into the stereo. A hypnotic glare follows as the music bolts into the unknown with its new-found velocity. Spectral tones whisper in secretive chorus as the vocal sample takes us by the collar and gives us a shake.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.