The Dark Wheel EP
Cultivated Electronics Records
TBR: March 22nd
Four albums across four labels and still going strong. How do they do it? Most of us dream of getting signed once. The Eminem track about only having one shot doesn't seem true any more. Was it ever? Maybe only for people like Stan who, by the way they treat others, demonstrate they don't really deserve it. It's been a long road for this Finnish duo, since the group's conception in 2009 things have been steady and musically productive. Another EP on a another label brings Cultivated Electronics into the same publisher's club as CPU, Solar One Music, Firescope, Zyntax Motorcity and Semantica.
The music opens with a bouncy bass which resonates in spongy dynamics. Other percussion instruments frame the tempo while a selection of synthesisers begin harmonising in the upper range of tone. Sonar like blips and computer chatter create a sea of wavering sonics which float above a more wholesome and rocky interior. The hot bass energy continues to pound at the persistent timing as the rhythm adapts and progresses in scope. Sorace creeps up on us, throbbing bass pushes forward a delivery of strange sounds and driving dance energy which juxtapose on awkward canvas.
Teogre starts with a snare. Dapples of synthesiser decorate the snappy rhythm as a subtle bass frames the tight-skin spring sound. A chunky bass with loose fibre twang begins to thunder in rampant time underneath the driving force. New dimensions of percussion unravel in new breaks and additions of layer. Minimal synthesisers add textures to the swagger of beats, patchwork colours of pad and voice break out in spectra and flashes of inspiration. The harmonising elements of composition rise and bring ghostly presence to the stuttering and fragmented beats.
A spacial array of snares, shakers, and wooden bass formulates a direction and flux. Laid back yet characterful, the tempo stretches out and rises in progression. New layers of percussion slide in with effortless manoeuvres as synthesiser edges sprinkle qualities of tone and rhythm across the bars. Scattered beats continue in revolving motions as shifting patterns line up in sequential tessellations. Melodic bass begins to carry the track, its forward drive rises above the drums and other harmonic effects. Ripples of distortion flow across the voice of the chattering melody which rises above the bass end and reaches into the middle. As this happens, subtle undertones of reverberating bass winds around disparate mechanics within the mix. Quidra branches out in fractal suggestions that unify with continuous beats.
The EP ends with Orrere . The track starts with a resonant bass melody that reaches down with tubular tone. New distorted beats thunder in which deepen the journey. Then, in a new direction, a dancing mixture of warbling synthesisers blip and chitter like digital birds on telegraph wires. The pylon like formation of chunky beats and spindly outcrops stand tall in giant-like statues as the sonic scaffolding looms in stretching lanes across the land.
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