A Part Of Me
TBR: Jan 26th 2018
A beautiful melancholy radio distorted song echoes from the airwaves, a drawn out few notes frame a tone of relaxation before a funky and disjointed drum fill brings the pattern into new levels. It calms down again, revealing throbbing underbass which then sprouts wings in the form of similar but freshly knitted loops which continue the effected until lyricless vocal music. The three minute intro track brings a mood of easy listening, with an icing of intricate and noteworthy detail.
Passionate and hearty vocals bring the next track into being, some crazy but well placed beats from digitally processed drums give a sparkle and allure that gives way to a deep and heady bass. The low power of the subnotes dominate the track during a section of near quiet before the music builds to incorporate more rhythms. It Was Love perhaps is a validation of a feeling once cherished but now gone. The slow mix of keyboard which fades into the next number allows for something more experimental.
Hermann's Dream uses strange sound additions with even more effected vocals to give an alien sensation alongside melodic subtleties washing the atmosphere with a transparent sheen of captivating colour. Coloured Lies pushes the throttle down harder. A thumping bass line with a truly driving rhythm gives a slow and bouncy drumbeat a trampoline surface to play on, drilling notes add an air of anticipation to the feel. The track finales with a synthesised keyboard melody which carries a flag of nostalgia to the top of the hill and into the fading distance.
A fruity and funky section is brought to the front as Pleaide is given airtime. More vocals glisten with shimmering abstraction and a quicker looped rhythm gives a sensation of velocity and straight road gliding. Retro infused tones seep from the cake of the music, although modern and fully technologically crafted, roots to distant influences reach well into the bedrock of the genre. Fusions of electro and funky trip-hop are glued together with shoegazing style electronic interludes.
Blue Boy comprises of a simple loop with a microscopic melody that becomes the foundation for more interesting sounds and small compositions. Vocalist Loup Na enters with a feature song, the words are clear and sultry in their delivery. It's a pretty song with an interesting mix of hope and sadness. It sets the scene for Finally which has a more upbeat and playful sound, enjoying some energetic melody yet still with a layer of dreamy and backwards facing vocals. It drones out of sight with the repeating summery rhythm until a sonic sunbeam begins To Die For.
A quick treble rhythm is joined by some space-age bouncing bells and the looped beats give a deep layer of movability. More interesting cosmic noises give a sparkle and flow that keeps everything up in the air and the familiar sound of the distorted vocal makes an appearance at the halfway mark. The atmosphere has been crafted well throughout this release and as the last handful of tracks play out, an interesting and worthwhile musical journey has taken place.
Holly features in Mean, a sprinkle of guitar is given a spotlight which pretties the album up slightly before rhythmic and catchy bleeps push the music into the realm of the chilled dancefloor. The tranquil ocean of music within this debut selection of twelve short and rich tracks can be sailed with ease. An ambient and interesting homage to fond memories, sadness, and moving along slowly makes this a work of art which can be returned to at various points in our life.
A Part of Me is available to pre-order/buy as limited edition vinyl with download code from Amazon UK,
And as a digital download from Amazon US.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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