Out 17th September
Delay Grounds stands strong after the successes of his previous work, 2020's Onomatopoeia and 2021's Upcycling clearly established the producer in the realms of synthesiser music and beyond. Already known for playing the bass in psychedelia bands, when Patrick Tipler moved to Bristol he reinvented his sound with the use of keyboards and computers. Designed to comprise an astral journey to the music of a lost civilisation, this inconspicuous little gem unpacks into a divinatory experience.
Nature sounds and children make a gorgeous frosting to a shimmery synthesiser that curls as the notes are peeled away. Watery echoes and distant voices mingle on the edge of vibrant machinery that begins to move as we approach. Engineering and the presence of life coalesce in a dancing orb of sonic exploration. A guitar begins to strum with abstract chords as whistles and swirls fly upward and dance together. Origin is like a radio being tuned in, and some distant station keeps manifesting through an overlapping channel.
I'd Like To See You Try brings a breathy tempo with scratching bubbles and clicking taps. Strange angles of synthesiser rise as a drum-beat brings a poly-rhythmic flow to the swagger. As a vocal sample calls out, a resonant and hollow bass drum begins to pound as hand-drum sequences jig into peculiar tangents. Hissing sonics and gravitation effects warp the presentation into various shapes as the rhythm continues to intercept the time.
Bouncy bass and distorted snares bring a sensation of travel through shady places. Gusts of synthetic wind buffet the compact resonances and glistening facias that soar outward. The melody is simple yet effective and when the drums add new energy the whole forms into a groove defined by the progression. Rhythmic and expansive, the music takes glancing peers into realms adjacent to our own in order to observe and ingest what is there. Itch progresses well, building up from simple lines into a multi-functional and character filled musical score.
Next, Are We There Yet portends of the barrier between here and there. It's a tense time as we gradually let go of our comforts and lunge into the unknown. A banging metallic rhythm strikes a firm tempo as various drums adapt and flow in surrounding tributaries of percussion. Massive swings of bass punch at the low-ground as the evocative and meandering high-end spectrum fans out and flutters in all directions.
A peppering of beats open and a scattering of cymbals spices the mixture. A dub effect loops and echoes the various tones that follow. Beats and buzzes rise from twisting wires and clicking gears. Rhythm dominates, a mechanical sense of togetherness keeps all the moving parts in turn taking unison. Beeps and digital aspects grow from clock-work beginnings, adapting and shifting as the load bearing beams are given yet more to repel. Soft Detatch is a strange and awkward number that appreciates the effortless chaos that sits behind straight lines.
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