In Abstracto Records
TBR: 26th March
Headlining his own record label, Luxus Varta returns with this intriguing EP. This new work follows up from releases on SolarOneMusic, Klakson, Shipwrec, Trust, Brokntoys, Intramuros, and Nocta Numerica. Emeric Di Paolo is also one half of Techmarine Bottom Feeders, which further elevates his reach in the electro and EDM scene. Unveiled just last year, In Abstractico is where Luxus Varta keeps his most reflective and representative material. This second catalogue entry for the label also contains a remix from SC-164, the latest face of Donor. W means Window and it symbolises the liberty to dream when staring out from the lock-down's civic house arrest.
It opens with Cloud Study. Breathy synthesisers bring in a sense of sky and cloud. A clappy rhythm opens out, laid-back timing gives way to bass and motions of composition that decorate and shine. Melody in the wandering bass gives a unique atmosphere to each bar while pretty motifs and runs of dancing rhythm twirl and flash in neat pockets of tune. As the music progresses, a swift break down in the drumming allows a few single elements to be isolated. These continue at varying degrees of amplitude as the rest of the mix is artfully reapplied.
Next, ghostly melodics chime in abstracted waves of magical enchantment. Popping rhythms burst like tubular slaps as shakers fill the void with subtle motion. Odd samples create splashes of sonic colour in nuanced and playful additions. A swirling undercurrent of shifting synthesiser roils behind the forward facing and primary rhythm section. Elevation carries a subconscious command to dance while telling familiar yet mysterious stories.
Now we reach Never Land. Spacious tones warble in eerie spaces as a grimy bass and snare pulse and rip with distortive intent. The synthesiser tones repeat a melody that builds with accompaniment and rhythm. Harmonious pitches rise through the mists and join the mesmerising flux of sound and sampled rhythm. Runs on bass and drum with a retro and 8 -bit feel merge with splashes of synthesiser that tingle and enliven the generative dance rhythm.
The remix of Cloud Study from SC-164 opens with a scattering of fast-paced snare that quickly evolves into a strange yet alluring tempo. Staggering beats draw repeating lines in the sand like bar-codes, spaces and timings shift and adapt until a steady pulse of cymbals provides the uniform stitching. Extra metalwork is plunged in, wooden taps, and odd motion sounds all join in to break a surface tension built of rapid fire semi-beats. Gradually, extra layers of distorted synthesiser unfold and pin their textures to the stuttered walls. A build-up of giant proportions, the track fizzes into infinity after overflowing with melodic synchronicity.
You can find out more on In Abstractico Records
Listen to Luxus Varta on Soundcloud
Follow Luxus Varta on Facebook
Thank you for your visit, please consider helping with a donation.