Displacement Activity Vol. 3
See Blue Audio Records
Out: 6th November
Co-founder of Disintegration State Records Steve Hadfield has been utilising his time in lockdown by producing expertly honed electronica. Releasing authentically quality material on the See Blue Audio label will no-doubt help to issue his work to yet more eager listeners. Now with two EPs already with the same title, it's about time The Electro Review entered the work into our listing. The new EP continues on the theme of challenging times and mental metamorphosis through long periods of being at home.
It begins as whistle-like tones enchant the airspace with fluctuating frequencies. Rumbles of distant staunch apparatus blow in on the wind as fragments of dripping sensation splash on the naked rock face. Sci-fi gasps form bubbles of wavery flow that harmonises and washes on gradually assembling covenants. Reflected holds posture through wisps of imparted sound.
Next is Blossom is a Vector. It rises from the fizz with crackles of vinylesque movement as piano from a curdling dream begins manifesting in reality. Rhythm enters, it sweeps the music into a vast array of potential that our linear minds can sense and feel on the next horizon. The piano continues to cast its spell as building percussion forms a passageway with harmonising and seductive additions. We walk on with grace and poise as flowering avenues guide us into unknown corridors.
Ever Onward creeps in on tender steps as peripheral chaos hangs back from a tranquil bubble decorated with sombre melodics. Static and discord build on tensive surfaces as the oblivious dream piano keeps time among the distorted focus outside. The music builds at the edges, until crackled disturbances begin to hollow out the perception of the interior.
Atmosphere thickens as mellow yet introspective motions of tone drift in on updraughts coiling from subterranean firepits. Smoky vortices creep and form face shapes that move and disperse into groups of ghostly scribbling and glyphs. A new section emerges as a gust of air creates a window in the plume. Beyond, shimmering mechanicals encrusted with natural gem formations continue in their ancient program. Liminal Night Feeds takes us into the cavern.
It ends with a denser track. Electronic blips dance with broken beats that retain their tempo yet crackle behind faded time. Snaking motion adopts framework suited for spacecraft as clanking rivets and armatures rattle to the continued computer impetus. Rises and declines in the rhythm bring a cyclic energy to the process which invites us to conjure imaginings and then collapse them once more. Alone, Dark makes us feel hypnotised and with mesmeric progression, the intensity rides on the wave of our subconscious.
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Displacement Activity Vol. 1 - 3 is available on Bandcamp
Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.