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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