Natural Boundary EP
TBR: 3rd December
Cosmic, space-age techno with experimental avenues comes naturally to Danny Clancy, A.K.A. Blue Veil. This second update for Dichotomy instils the flavour of his groove even further along the lines of their trademark design 12” vinyl that solidifies each batch of sounds. These four tracks spell out the strong-points of Blue Veil's sonic arsenal, showing listeners and DJs what they get in return for playing his music. Acidic and celestial beats with crisp melodies give Natural Boundary EP a distinct sense of the label's direction.
Three Horsemen Of The Apocalypse opens the record with a smooth dancing rhythm. Bass thuds the tempo down in neatly arranged packages then a synth tone adds to the musical force. Deep and throaty bouncing drums begin to clamour down below, these evolve and progress to reveal synthesiser tones mixed in with their hard hitting entrance. Pushing the volume with various sections of the mix, the music grows to fill more of the space allotted for it in the room. Thundering down below with scratching and chirruping above, the dualistic scissors of the track snaps shut around us as we dance to its frantic pace. With the closing of the space and the growing of the sound, a human vocal begins to wail and sing in a repetitive yet haunting melody.
For the second number, a space-age tone in regular fast stepping bleeps spells out the sensations. Further tones of a futuristic nature revolve and begin to play out their looped passages. Digital effected vocal sounds pass to a cresting high end which seems to grow and loom out on top of us as the rhythm digs out the distance beneath us. As we're drawn in to the heavenly cavern of electronic sounds, a bubbling tune begins to pitter-patter like sunny raindrops over a convex glass. As we stand on the outside looking in, and on the inside looking out, the sounds pull in the bilinear phase of this ambient and dreamy track. Broken Pieces is subtly moving, with melodic surges causing the straw-bed of simple under-sounds to feel much greater than they are.
Another drift of shimmering light crashes down in a soft landing as Measure Of Time begins. A tribal feel to the drumming brings home sensations of epic hill-tops and leagues of like-minded folk, gathered for the phenomenon of this sound. New beats enter with a cymbal section and the melody grows to incorporate another line of thought. Dualistic tones with smooth drizzling percussion sweeps us into another world of calm, tranquillity, and where everything is in key. Perhaps one day we'll get there, and it is just a measure of time? Just leave it better than you found it and things should turn out okay.
Last up is another tribal drum introduction, this time a lot more organic and hearty. The waveforms have still been shifted, to give that sprinkle of Blue Veil magic the sound requires. Metallic sounds and shakers add to the rhythm and melodic hand-drums begin to tell their tall tales of surprise and superstition. Chimes made of wood and skin ring out across the adjacent bars to additions of synthesiser and reverb. The high energy beat with the tranquil and droning melodies give this final track a flavour of the unusual. Light Mask is a feathery number, with simple taps on the drums and minor inflections on the keys bringing the soul of the track together.
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