TBR: April 16th
Recorded in Berlin during April 2020 as the first lock-down hit home, this record balances the darker side of January's inaugural ShadowPlay. The artwork has once again been skilfully designed by Tobias Jacobsen. This time the composer takes us through sparkling and dreamy electronica that raises the level of the listener's consciousness. This second record will be the mortar to the masonry that Elninodiablo has already laid down.
It begins on a spongy wave sound that feels like a hot summer day. Rattling noises fill the background, rolling balls and clicking peripheries add body to the melodious flow. Odd energies fly and squiggle in moments of artistic flare, bells and chimes float like jellyfish among glistening tranquillity. Bass and drum then flow through in their central layer. Heavy thump and resonant harmony fills the foundation with solid torsion that holds across the circular direction. Vocal sings out, a sample that raises the intention grasps us by the imagination. A flux of tangible bass then bubbles through to the backdrop of dappling piano. This abstraction forms a divot in the mix before new meanders of tone rise to smooth the music out again. Dorothea's Rainbow changes and shifts into various shapes before it then relaxes back into its traditional form knitted from the start.
Next is D-Louche. The music begins on wooden drums that resonate with melodic timbre. Jungle noises break forward from the humming amalgam. Trill voices and birdsong scatters across canopies defined by harmonious chimes and tones. Chatter in the drumming keeps a level of drama present in the ambient sound-drop of nature and relaxing rhythms. Synthesiser enters, chords push like tidal waters against choppy beaches as vocal samples reach and cling to the vibrating tensions. More chords unravel and float outward in large surface areas of shimmering notation. Bass continues to throb against sculptures of percussion. Organic sounds grow from the damp and living tropics, guitar, voice, and trumpet all glow like skylights within the humid and drenching sounds.
The final number creeps in on disparate percussion strikes that sit among silent spaces. Broken rhythms find their companions over slow bars. Synthesiser rises, it warms and hums with an eerie and resonant tone. Dual notes collapse in on each other across the stereo composition as the rhythmic sounds continue to piece themselves together. Dithering Heights begins to drone with wholesome and intriguing pads, decorated by odd hats and snare springs. A bass end is amplified, it holds on to the ground and shakes with mighty passion as crackles and rhythms merge within gelatinous mixing. Emptiness framed by random introspection begins to revolve with a pottery of percussion. Melodic rhythms take over, plunging the atmosphere into cold water and letting the host of bubbles rise to the surface.
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TBR: 23rd April
This second release from the collaboration project between Kristina Kristoffersen and Flug 8's Daniel Herrmann is inspired by Need For Speed. This foundational racing game didn't have a proper soundtrack so the producers decided to make one. Taking their opaque electro and kosmische techno fusion to new levels of playability, the acceleration inspired sounds will take us on exciting digital journeys. Named after a term in gaming in which a store quality gold pressed CD is released, from the days when all CDs of store quality were made using gold, this was a benchmark for game designers to aspire to. Made during lockdown across Denmark and Frankfurt, each track is named after a specific gaming term. Rather than tell you what they all mean, why not see if you can answer in the comments.
It opens with 1LC, twinkling synths glitter along the lines of a deep horizon. Drums enter, snare and kick bounce from bar to bar as cymbal aligns the amplitudes. A new layer of tone falls into place, distinctive jangling harmony pumps up the bodywork with a hungry and resonant progression. The fill builds with gradual incline until it begins to overpower the rest of the reverberations. Branches of melody then waver out in dancing spirals that leap and detach from the main function off sound.
Next, an ambient cavernous drip melody opens out. This is then joined by a plucky bassline that flies open and illuminates the drum-score. A steady minimal kick and snare loop frames a punching rhythm that focusses yet leaves room for imagination. Funky drive pushes the track forward in a continual dream-state. Mud continues, it then adds whistle tones and ambient backdrops to the motion. Then, a synthesiser scale begins to revolve on a sixpence right in the centre of the track. It adds a hypnotic and euphoric culmination to the progression.
PVE starts with a distorted chime that rings out in a slow tempo along a subtle vibrating bass. This continues, the pitch changes and suddenly a new dimension of sound is revealed. Strange harmonies chirp in shifting patterns around the steady but wavering bell tone. Glitches and volume jumps decorate the motion of notes which continue to whip around the slow and mournful chime. A cymbal tap breaks the relative silence, it sounds once before disappearing again. Slight changes in the mix bring out ghostly shapes from the now familiar repetition of enchanting similarities.
With a shudder of waking and jingles of digital tones the next track begins. Bass pushes the rhythm forward, it kicks and sticks with a fast breathing rate, a perfect tempo for aerobics perhaps, or over taking first place on the final lap. Strange drones form like hedgerows in the periphery and buzzing sensations begin to rise and form resonating thunder within the rhythm. 4X progresses in mirrored avenues, the original flow becoming a tributary to the new and greater sound from which it manifests.
An energetic electronic kick opens. Then, graceful and meandering tones wobble into chords that bounce like sunshine on tarmac. Crowds of spectators in the distance stand in anticipation for what is to break forward. A drumming layer keeps time while spanning synths glisten and warp in slow moving swooshes. The repeating chords begin to take on a form of their own as their persistence pays off. These become a framework for more ephemeral harmonies that shine out from the melody. AFK is an upbeat and dreamy number that brings home a sense of completion.
Gone Gold is next. It starts with clicks and bass that bounce from spongy textures. A chirping radial synthesiser tone begins to throw notes in repeating tangents as a warming under-layer grows like fluffy carpet. Long notes explore deep areas of sound as the glittering overhead lights maintain a constant source of illumination. Horn sounds start to evaporate from the deep chasms and echo through chambers of ever-increasing difficulty.
The final number grows on a tree of fast bass clicks. Thumping kick resonates with wooden chunks in a seamless flow of percussion. Then, a euphoria of synthesiser flows through a silken opening and opens like poured cream over the foundation. The drums disappear while elegant draperies continue to glow with sheen. A new rhythm is added, the layer sits in the centre of multi-tonal atmospheres which hang gently in low density clouds above.
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Steve Roach & Serena Gabriel
Temple Of The Melting Dawn
Ancient Waves Music
Out 2nd April
Steve Roach and Serena Gabriel are no strangers. For this third collaboration album, the pair aimed high. This album is designed to assist divinatory experiences, meaning it can help people who want to reach spiritual levels of consciousness. To bring about this sensation, the artists themselves used their own divinatory experiences to influence their composition. By elevating their consciousness into realms of otherwise unreachable intuition, Steve Roach and Serena Gabriel were able to bridge the void by use of ancient and modern musical instruments.
It begins with Glow Of Light. Ephemeral tones scale and dance into abstraction as whistling elements rise to the plunge of resonance. Graceful and breezy waves of rippling tone forms draperies across what begins to protrude. Sonic plonk drums start to chime in pottery like vibratory atmospheres as the wash of uplifting arpeggio inspired ocean continues. Melody is unearthed from the expanse of progressive percussion. Hypnotic rises and falls in the drum brings out a slow and dreamy horn lead. This floats on currents of metaphysical intention that kiss the moment with imagery. Bells begins to sparkle in adjacent ceilings of sound that mirror the unseen.
A radiant burst of orchestral flow showers the silence with an electric atmosphere. Plucked notes begin to describe a seductive enchantment that wants to defocus the mind. Splinters of light vibrate like metallic tinsel as gusty sensations sweep from under our feet. A journey of sound begins as the harmonising composition bounces from an ad-lib feel that runs through the exploring notes. Visions Of Delphi sways with a warm energy that lifts up through the ground and into the distant sky. We stand within the currents as empowerment and balance transcend the material border.
Next, melodious sensations rise like vapour from a simmering broth. Floral essences mirror evocative feelings as tangents of aroma combine in beautiful polygons. Whispers of harmony shine in a heat of cello that soars through low trees and stretching hill-tops. Slow and meaningful motions of sound dance like ballerinas through streamers and wind-swept ribbons. A gentle walk through ambient surroundings keeps the pace through a subtle evolution and progress that creeps along the stillness of music. Stillwind Ways holds the moment and captures a timescale through the soft compression of mindful presence.
Ethereal shimmers breathe light into the darkness for a moment before shadow becomes present once more. A balance between light and shade ensues, as each force of nature projects its abilities in a reversal of capacity. Much like the forces of life within the awareness, mirror images reveal strange dances of intent and agenda. Slow and gliding atmospheric tones wash like a river lapping against a bridleway. At the speed of gravity, Somna's progressive fluctuations in the cosmos create momentary universes encapsulated in the dream.
In Another Time opens gently. A subtle build of unison tones resolve through distorted silence. Chimes and air-bass move in serpentine manoeuvres along distilled lay-lines of sonic clarity. The tension grows with the curdling of harmony and a mixing of vibrational quality. Crystalline shapes resonate and reflect with distinct emotions as distant forces craft vast networks within open voids. Expansive feelings writhe in warm and eternal waters while candle flames flicker against water-carved interiors.
Deep resonant tones rumble then bloom with harmonious currents. Speckles of jumping timbre pour through funnels of groaning sound. Drawn out and gently contoured mixtures of synthesiser roll like passing hills beneath the ply of sunny clouds. Shimmering lantern like streaks dance across three-dimensional spaces as twinges of amplitude bring out extra sounds in the composition. Spaces In Between drifts through carefree harmonies and cream textured synths.
The final track, Heaven And Earth, opens with a choir like bell resonance that reaches with hidden magnetism. Voices mix with chimes and ambient synthesiser to form a luxury of sewn fabrics. Strange tangents grow from the body of lush sound that reach into the black notes, leaving space for the imagination to plant roots. Cavernous echoes bounce in softened backdrops as the minimal melody grasps at handholds occulted by the division of light.
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