Dark Fidelity Hi Fi
Migration of the Meaning
Out 24th September
Known for his immutable talent with professional level studio capabilities, Dark Fidelity Hi Fi returns with a new album. Last March saw the release of Beautiful Fragments which took over stereos nationwide and beyond. Blending organic live instruments with computer and synthesiser sound production, the two wings of modern music creation take Dark Fidelity Hi Fi further than many dare to go. Destined to blur the lines of genre and fandom, folks who discover DFHF never look back.
Humming bell-drones warp and evolve with harmonious layering as poly-sonic raindrops scatter and splash. A drum begins as bass thumps with long breathy surges. A multiplier of direction unfolds like a compass spinning at due north. Each variation in the sound builds new direction and scope to the drawing lights that curtain the surroundings. Migration of the Meaning rides through distinctive randomness as subtlety and poignancy mirror each other's flow. The bass begins to take control, throbbing and sinking through a whispering and trickling stream of continual soul.
Next is Movement. A peel of delicate bells chimes through rumbles of deep guttural pangs. A groovy synthesiser pulse then kicks off a lighter mood as a drum-score builds up in beautifully timed progressions. Each bar sweeps by like sections of motorway and the scenery grows and shapes itself into a tall and built up backdrop. Breaks in the lighting offer shadowy sections as street-signs grow from pin-pricks in the distance.
A tingle and ghostly wail summons a sense of exploration through shady reminiscences, then through a lens of fog, a rising energy boils from depressurised liquids. Bubbles form and burst as bass meets cymbal as disorientating sounds swirl and circle like vulturous semblances of feeling. Voice murmurs through a dreamy veil as chirruping sonics bounce from high ledges. Rattling cymbals and a stitch-work of patterned bass tumbles head over through clinging atmospheres. Treasures turns corners and discovers tangible fortunes through the mutation of sound pairings and key holding.
The familiar flickering of Broken Neon manifests in a sound. A beginning shifts to droning loops as energy levels layer and ping from cathode to anode in resistant flux. Digital tones bounce and penetrate the hum as electrons fizz and spark through churning ambience. Rhythm sprouts from obscure twigs that crown the mixture like a hawthorn lattice, prickled and lush.
It seems the sign is working now, we're given a soft intro to an oceanic surge of powerful tone. The warmth is lovely as an intricate display begins to animate. A melodious bass begins the piece proper as chimes bend over branches to avoid low hanging fruit. Only the best will do as filled spaces twinkle with adaptive and unique emptiness. The cavernous collision between bass and poetry in sound collapses into origami miniatures that stand proud and aware of their purpose. Soft Light for Re-Entry glides along and guides us in with clarity and crystal fascination.
A deep throaty moan climbs through darkness with a drum on its back. The pounding bass meets the droning hum as tinks of cymbal shine illumination on the footholds. A synthetic bass is added, it pounds and scrapes at the lower regions as a hedonistic cymbal rolls and jostles at the top of the tree. Snaking melody tapestries with punching energy that gradually fills waiting space. Progressions deliver a layered chaptering of sound that folds over through new sonics and interesting sounds. Whisper to the Siren offers up dreams and passages forgotten.
Dappled tones resonate in haunted rooms as creeping lights unsettle the holding dust. A metallic sound chimes like an alien bell that holds its pause as light-speed carries us toward it. A rising chord tone pushes the energy higher and a drum suddenly slots into the formation. A flying shape of vibrancy then soars through an orange and purple sky which smiles down on cloud like forms of knowing composition. Shaolin Drum takes us through a lesion of temporal feeling through meditative yet briskly dynamic movements through nowhere.
It's tie for a Warm Signal. It wafts over in aromatic drones of fuzzy charm. A bell strikes the melody as heavy bass fits in the bar. Strings then lift the harmony into new motions before atmospheric voices coat the top with luxurious forlorn. Vector images rotate and zoom in mental imagery as distinctive scratchings and frictions attempt to burst the bubble. Digital sounds play like wild animals in an enclosure of manicured and formulated presence.
The album culminates with a live version of Shine. It starts with a poly-sonic walk through bass and keyboard. Shimmering undercurrents drift in angelic slow moving drives. The drumming enters on quick hats and rolling rim strikes. Perhaps it's brush on snare, maybe we'll never know. It sounds interesting, and the intrigue only grows as layer upon layer are melded on with the precision of an artisan welder. Spacious and punchy rhythms fill the room as chimes and pulsing melodics fathom the hushed sensation.
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