Woods, Tales & Friends (Part Two)
TBR: 6th June
Regular readers will remember the Woods, Tales & Friends part one release which we covered a few weeks ago. Mollono.Bass returns with the second chapter. This three track EP provides us with another marvellous mosaic of mashed and mixed sounds. This fractional release of the forthcoming album is really getting our attention, like a sonic intravenous, the sounds are drip fed to us track by track.
The opening number is Twilight feat. I AM HALO. It starts with an atmospheric synthesiser tone that break open into quick beats. Delicate touches on the kit give a smooth and ambient rhythm section which smothers in bass and cymbal. Melodic harmonies simmer beneath which become a foundation laid for vocals. The song is emotional yet relaxed, a sense of whist and wonder permeates the airwaves as we're driven through urban byways. The song progresses as extra instruments add new layers of composition, the harmonisation bringing moody and introspective tones.
Track two takes us to a thudding bass which resonates with drippy luminescents. Shimmery cymbals quiver and shake with metallic sheen as synth plips decorate in oddly angular structures. Progressive tones repeat phrases and rhythmic sensations in a merging river of tributary instruments and percussion. As the track builds up on itself, new layers of background noise fill various unknown voids and spaces, graceful projections of new melody occasional find a path to wander too. The Glade feels like a beautiful place where lights waltz with shadows as the sunlight moves through kinetic leaves. A platonic cave without the suffering, that's all in the past now. This Mollonic Glade is a much more reasonable location.
To finish we get an instrumental version of My Way. Groovy bass chunks along with sludgy beats that march through the field. Ambient bell strikes cast a magical melody across the top-side, revealing the catchy tune. Harmonising synths twinkle and splash in the centre as the progressive composition moves us in graceful synthpop style wanderings.
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Woods, Tales & Friends (Part One)
TBR: 8th May
This three-track digital release is an opening prelude to Mollono.Bass's new album. The founding member of Kombinat100 and ACKER Records is demonstrating his solo prowess even further. Three uniquely designed atmospheric electronic tracks depict a diversity and similarity within. Inspired by nature, time spent with friends, and the allure of musical escapism, Woods, Tales and Friends is perhaps a hidden gem that deserves a home in your collection.
It opens with No Silence which features Kuoko on vocals. With pipes and radiant sounds, the music begins. A funky bass rhythm is struck down onto firm sand as melody builds across an array of instruments. The song starts and beautiful vocals flutter out of the shadows and into the daylight. A catchy tempo rides alongside shades of tone and instrumental exploration. Dancing energy projects through a mesh of sonic imagination.
A driving beat plunges through the moment as the second number enters. Claps and taps frame a steady rhythm. Various talkative drums of different materials chatter along in well times dialogues. A rocking sensation gives the music an element of energy while a continual discovery of sound evokes a multiplicity of imagery. The voices of singing children are added to the flow, their innocent and happy words fling across the play as they hang from the climbing frames and sprawl over the woodchips. Furaha Ya Kucheza doses us with a sunny jive, layered with dried grass and dusty footsteps.
It ends on Wild River. A snaking bass pours through the mix as trance drums smash and ride into cosmic perspectives. Energy is raised as various tones input their dynamic forms and build through the persistent and relentless drumming. Melody strikes out from keyboards with blippy tones that resonate and harmonise on the sustain. A dreamy and electronic cyberspace is formed before our ears as rhythm, tone, and melody combine in a conscious outpouring of new dimensions.
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