Father, Lord and Wizard
Cluster Node Records
TBR: 1st November
Opening track, “Can't Change Weapons While in Combat” starts with a buzzing sensation that is wrapped around a strange echoing sample, which builds and then throws a pulsed melodic rhythm into the middle. A bass drum begins to thump along with the beat and the volumes adjust to give some breathing space for the intense recipe. Manic throws of looped synth give a surging feel which although passes quickly adds some serious velocity to the listening experience. Rich and intense delivery with ample experimentation give this techno based abstractica a chewy and meaty sensation.
Driving beats replace the thumping pace, the tempo maybe static but with the shift of drum pattern comes a change in air pressure. Lighter touches but fast moving scenery is given way from the previous thunderous clunking. Said sensations reveal themselves as only on a short break, a before the music stops, the heartbeat is made prominent several times. “Father, Lord and Wizard” is the second number on this 3 track EP with the same title. It begins with a warm but cacophonous orchestral section that begins to show signs of repetition before having effects and strange audio experiments added to it.
Slower moving but sonically inviting, a dreary edge is draped over shimmering cymbals while subtle build ups gradually increase the incline. A new angle is given some light as a high pace hi-hat is included in the mix, to be joined by strange and slightly disconcerting organic instrument sounds, which howl like spectres on a foggy moonlit night. Mechanical atmospheres are pulled into sidings to ease the track to completion, making way for the final number on this diverse and digestible release.
“We Found A Corpse” begins with an interesting and moody relaxation groove, which has a gradual influx of sound as a fast paced but non-intrusive tapping marks the introduction. Metallic clangs and sparkling displays of treble based lighting evolve and pull everything into the middle. The amalgam is eerie and enters at an awkward angle. The slope which we must climb to be drawn at the same pace of the progression is quite steep, but it doesn't take long before a bass drum is added to help us along. A quick pace and a narrow bandwidth of sound gives space for mental adjustment until a new section is marked by expressive ghostly swirls and strange distant bells.
This debut release from Outlander is interesting and has plenty to do within the three tracks. Destined for the dance floor, and possibly a few homes, the unique and recognisable tracks make use of repetition and rhythm in novel and listenable ways. Mostly a full on handful of tracks, with a few intermittent sections of tranquillity, Father, Lord and Wizard makes a great first impression and leaves room for plenty more experimentation for the future.
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