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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