Out 23rd October
At a secret location somewhere in the highland metropolis of Glasgow, Bricolage Records emit quality and experimental electronic music to the world. This latest EP sees two regular artists team up and work on something together. Ty Lumnus and Urgula are best known for their own projects however the cCmndhr epoch surely sits firm on its own. This work is set on a fictitious island named Qwghlm and centres on the concepts of breaking codes and underwater research. Highly technical as always, the mental picture created by the idea is enough to invite the curious listener.
It opens as mysteriously as it reads with a whining pitch like a violin under digitosis that swerves and meanders in humming yet graceful manoeuvres. Drums then fold in like pastry filling, lining the matrix with tempo and drive. New blippy droplets form like condensation on cool windows, their tricking forms gently rolling into the mist while gathering mass. Perhaps this is how the universe began, to a rhythm of concave percussion and oddly angular sound tangents. Onnes draws us closer, with the mere shift of tone or break of drum we sit attentively waiting for the next progression.
A shaker accompanies a vocal like synthesise that chatters in poetic rhythms. Alien words made of tonal qualities and multiphonic harmonies clambers along the neatly portioned drumming that rises like oven bread. A bass then drags its feet into the gravel, churning up the undergrowth and revealing damp and nutritious earth. Slow and meaningful bars work their way through rose garden passages that sit meditatively in their own glorious aroma. We seem o be walking the mysterious paths of the mythical island of Qwghlm.
Huff Duff takes the finale, throbbing tufts of bass signpost a dreamy tempo as splashes of colour form globules in the air. Mysterious gravity hangs various ornamental shapes of sound at various positions. Newly found synthesiser voices from rummaging and reverse-engineering bring about a continual dynamic which flutters and buffets on distinctive walking melodies. A mechanical element maintains the digital-synthesis of sound function while an organic edge forms wholesome analogue within the manicured front section.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.