World of the Waking State
TBR: September 22nd 2017
Psybient rhythms roll out the album with a sultry and interesting first track, full of sway and movable parts that sleek along a breezy melody. World of the Waking State is the third release by DJ and Producer Steffi, and it makes a statement in flow and direction immediately. Relaxing tones draw themselves over deep and fascinating beats, effects into ambience and curious sound twists gently peak and trough like waves, while the dynamics of the album remains in the comfort zone.
An element of evening interlaces the sounds, echoic and reverberated tones swirl like dancing birds in a thickly wooded sky, the leafs jostling each other in the passing of cooler air. There's no intense drive to infringe on the atmosphere, no pushy sequence of notes or throbbing drum to force us to move, just a pleasant and slowly moving journey in music.
Track 3 brings in a touch of the industrial to fill the sound out a little, however the balance is brought across with a playful and non-flamboyant frill of notation. Relentless in quality and a little crispier at the edges, "All Living Things" pricks the ears a little after a sit down element of the release. A familiar feel works its way through the following number, low and high mix together with a fluffy beat cycling around a common centre. Hazy sensations curdle and swirl as the music rests unusually on the listener.
There's a lot going on with World of the Waking State, Steffi has piled layer after layer of thought out and emotive phrasing which colours the contours of this album in many enthralling ways. It is a chill out album, and has danceable moments too. It puts me in a Moby frame of mind, and it wouldn't surprise me if some of the underground work of this artist has been an influence.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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