TBR: 3rd August
It's been a whole year since Cyan85 emerged on the scene with their debut Bay Of Sampieri EP. The shuddering 808 beats with dreamy synthesisers smashed with retro effects are back with a full-length release. Sampling the cup of dystopia, each sip flavours the palette with sonic aptitude and story. Spliced with a variety of musical hooks and an arsenal of inventive rhythmic sculptures, Lucid Intervals is set to show the world how proficient Cyan85 really is.
The music starts with Low Frequency Phantasy. Chunky basslines throb in motorways of tempo while static lights fly past in the guise of cymbal strikes that roll and rattle. Strange noises swell and swirl in the aftermath of drive, as harmonising synths whisk the surrounding air. The title of the track is repeated in a robotic voice that snugly matches the loop pattern on the melodics. Next, a thumping bass drum strikes a rampant dancing rhythm. Bass squelches add more fury to the flow as cymbals and snares find a place to follow in line. Strange sonar communications zap between the bars as frantic beats repel the stillness. Elektro 0ffens1ve is a stomping number that surges with danceable energy.
Contamination Phonk begins with a juicy drum riff that spans out into abstract synthesiser blips and tones. Sprinkled sounds dapple light wooded sunlight as a slurry of undergrowth coils up from beneath. Granular and rhythmic sections of gravelly underfooting adjust under our dancing steps as we sway from side to side through the forest. The bass chatters and bounces against invisible walls as starry eyed melodies jostle for space in the peripheral vision. Next, a groovy drum riff with snare and bass opens the scene. A heavy duty element to the tempo makes it almost irresistible. Distant wavery sounds froth and spray against the breakers of bass end drum. The progressions evolve and manifest shapes within the bars of rhythm. Data Lag demonstrates a variety of rhythms and introspective effects.
Once we turn the vinyl over, we're hit with Time Elapsed. Elasticated beats bounce and twang with sporadic jumps into new areas. Moody strings and choral sounds sway through a windy curtain as incense smoke dissipates into the air. A chunky bassline forms in the middle, steps and stages revolve and caress with musical clarity. Zapping noises strike at playful flags that twist in the sky. Once this phases into something new, a dream-like quality is formulated with spacial synths that vibe and sing on off key spaces. A driving bass hits us with electronic shatter, and eerie noises begin to spiral into melodies. Early Defects is a sinister sounding piece that's stitched to the top with atmosphere.
Track seven opens on odd bubbling bass sounds. Zaps and strings coalesce in a frenzy of energetic gloop. A structure protrudes from the filmy surface as a kinetic rhythm begins on strange metallic and electronic sounds. A surge of compression gives us a small break before the mix is opened out again as new sounds once more stride and saunter across the icy floor. Strangelet Research Lab ends in an abrupt stop. This prepares us for Aquasma. Bouncy and spinning beats reverberate across a dripping cave. A wandering bass-line projects a groove of easy dancing while space-age sound effects splatter and sparkle like distant cosmic creations. To finish, the album gives us Hylia Echoes. This ultimate track begins with a thunderous bass riff that strikes footprints and tail-swish-marks on a sandy texture. Chimes add a splendour that radiates from above. Abstraction of sound with jelly like motions within fixed forms jostle across a fuzzy static.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.