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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