TBR: 23rd March
The Electro Review is in Scotland today with a long-awaited EP from Craig Birrell. Temporize have been waiting quite a while, as Mr. Birrell took his time in making something of real quality. This stand-alone four-tracker nods at the club and the after-glow with a selection of varied electronic music creations. This guy has a reputation for ignoring the rules, pushing his way past the boundary, and reinventing techniques with every new operation. It was this fire inside that drew Temporize in and opened a door to this debut record.
It begins with bubbles and bursts of squeaky sound. Rays of sonic inflection waft and pop in strange waves as a rhythm builds beneath. Snare and kick dominate with a snappy and uplifting groove. Then, blippy bass notes in the mid range match deeper unison tones down in the depths. A chatty melody shimmies on the tempo with an ear-grabbing timbre. The music breaks down to just a bass drum. Then snare is added with smashy hats. Melodic percussion builds with airy synth tones that hustle and breathe in adjusting corners. 2506 progresses swiftly with chapters involving melody, rhythm evolutions, and uplifting swells of dance energy.
Arp06 opens with a vocal sample. It's garbled with effects and scatters across other abstract sounds. Electronic mechanical sounds and odd pops then begin to fill the gaps. Rhythm makes an attempt to form, and it's only when a child-like melody with an eerie reverb motions in that we can tell. New beats on strange angles are welded on. These burst in and out of existence, building in pressure with each insertion. A disjointed energy pins a series of emotive parts together in a patchwork of strangeness.
Next, an airy synth tone spills radiant light in short shiny bursts. A drum-kit begins with pounding bass garnished with shimmering cymbal. A sludgy bass note is added, it squelches and shudders. New wafts of space-age sound fall in, they chatter and exchange energy in effervescent transactions. High end blips give rise to a new section of tempo, a slow and sensual flow slides around a consistent throb of timing. Abstract and relaxing, CCC draws us in with jostling beats and hypnotic repetitive layers.
Zoom0059 starts with sawing notes which dive and climb with soft curves. Wavering melody dances as zaps and laser sounds start to decorate the sky. Motions of slow and graceful notes remain calm as fiery kinesis scatters across the horizon. A dualistic presentation of ambience and chaos, the two themes sit comfortably on see-saws of intensity. Rhythm finds a home, wooden tapping sounds build in organic and abstract phrases, rumbling and rolling on adjacent beats. The crashing ocean of sounds collides with a growing percussion. A slow and sultry synthesiser remains focused on it's relaxing groove.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.