Maps For The Lost EP
See Blue Audio
Out: 17th July
Bricolage Records boss Fragile X shows us what he's really made of by releasing tunes on See Blue Audio. It's a great idea to spread the skills around and let everyone share the toast. That's what we are all about here, anyway. This ambient electronic dive into further observational obscurity brings us another glittering chapter in the epoch of Fragile X and his amazing sounds.
Maps For The Lost opens with a vast connectivity as passing traffic moves to unknown destinations to the throb of harmonising keys that dapple in moonlit avenues. Departure From Nowhere perhaps sinks into acceptance that our place in the world is no-where outside of its story. The traffic recedes to reveal heart jerking synthesiser that sits in puddle like echoes of its own rumination. Angular percussive sounds sprinkle like engineering and rain which combine in a dystopian sculpture of moving parts.
Next, a recorded voice reminds us to be careful of the doors. A new level is announced and we're kicked into a new sense of understanding. Scribbles of sound scatter and curdle as delicate rays luminesce with sweet custard like tone. Bouncy shuffles knit a frame of delicate fulcrums which rattle in the shared deposition of grounding. Wayfarer peeks through the curtain of reality and witnesses music in pure vibrations.
Title track, Maps For The Lost, begins on a strange melody made of scaling notes which shatter like glass and chime like bells. A short burst of melodics is repeated a few times then a thick underbelly of bass slides in and inflates the mix. The sudden surge of energy pushes the tempo into a deep trench that still glistens with a radiance of glass bells. After a good hedonistic section of sound, a rhythm is struck with resonant and soulful drums. These fade out again after a healthy tear-down to allow the sonic array to dance and form unique patterns of harmony.
This follows with a dreamy melody that blips and beeps along the lines of a harp in a crystal cave. Tranquillity spills out from the open oyster-shell as pearls of sound gently spin in moving currents. A distant bass reaches down from lofty areas and decorates the floor with dropped leaves. A small breeze carries the dust and sunlight as shimmering shadows gambol like newly imagined centaurs. Passing The Ley Lines kindles deep natural energies that manifest through our brief lives.
The EP finishes with a beautiful piano melody that plays alongside the sound of rain. It chimes in soggy interludes as no-doubt the sheltered instrument provides a hearth for the lonely soul. A vocal sample emerges, asking if we can feel the magic of the universe. A reply comes forth, I'm trying. Aren't we all?
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.