Out 30th November
Escapism within music into the realms of subconscious dreams and fantasies, Takeleave brings us Inner Sea, a full length record of deep and introspective electronic music. Clothing sensations and life-pinning feelings in delicately mastered sounds for us to experience, this album makes the invisible visible and what better than through the audio lens of the individual who experiences them. Maybe as we listen, it's possible to detect similarities and ready to walk avenues of emotion and imagery that the music directs us towards.
It begins with Burrow. A subtle and vibrating metallic sheen starts the track and it grows in volume alongside a layering of drums and notation. Everything bursts into bloom and the percussion sets off a smooth and easy listening rhythm which is sprinkled with delicious chords and melodics floating around in neat organisations. Quick moving twisting sounds and upbeat drumming involving lots of metal work flow around a steady dancing bass beat, a dreamy feeling manages to encapsulate the whole sound, keeping it within a defined bubble of intention.
A vocal sample rings out from the intersection of silence. More thoughtful bell melodics reverberate over the building sound, and a jazzy drum-fill starts the pace of with a rolling start. Hip-hop elements knit the sounds together, bass notes and high end melodies all give the feeling of mixed vinyl. Interesting and well-planned drumming keeps the sound in absolute fresh quality, no plastic wrap required. Flurries of notes on various instruments splash a multi-textured colouring over the slow-moving and enjoyable Away From Here. Cosmic Bath speeds up the process a little bit, and keeps the slow breathing alongside for company. A laid back groove with happy drums give a fast yet imaginative section of sound for this third instalment. The elements of jazz, hip-hop, and electronica flow together in a wonderful mixture that's perfectly balanced in all directions. Synthesisers and loops made to their best. It's a shorter track, and one that perks us up for the next offering.
Groovy tones with a thudding beat on the bass drum give us a sound we can absorb like skin cream. As we sit back and let the wash envelop us, a juicy synthesiser begins to dance and wobble in a dualistic voice over the top. A rhythm here and a melodic fill there meet in the middle to form a bubbling glass of liquid pep. Shakers garnish the sides of Habitat in beautifully timed portions. More dreamy tones roll open the next number. Reverb and echo work in gentle doses to give chiming synths and bellish tones to the opening of Bedroom Eyes. Then a funky bass riff adds a whole new dimension to the sound, elements of Squarepusher sneak in through the bars while a distinct vinyl crackle keeps everything toastie warm.
Calibu begins with a section of bells repeating a catchy melody full of the black notes, keeping things in small movements from one end of a scale to another. Synth bass gives a retro-phonic feel to the underscore while bells and reverb span out in huge skies above our heads. Rhythm on human drums begins to cut through the heady mists and as we get even more settled into the sound, a new bass tone starts to add its quality once more. I'm reminded of listening to Bonobo with this one. New samples and miraging effects bring out the echo heavy introduction to The Eyot. A guitar picks a bluesy melody with a few well placed notes while a repeating rhythm gradually builds into fully-fledged drumming. As the music progresses, extra umph is given to the drums and bass while swells the sound into a forward facing drive through consistent scenery.
Passage begins on a piano, sombrely dishing out a melody to a warming crackled distortion behind. After a few bars of lucid visions of sound, a fast moving rhythm picks up the pace as begins to drive us forward once more. Melodies on the piano play joyously with the percussion, giving us a great section of happy and perky audio. As the next number begins, a new hedonistic melody soars from the stereo. A fabulously mixed rhythm and vocal sample twist together into a double-helix of beats. Slower and with an element of the sensual, Vacationin' lets us enjoy a sunny energy on our faces while steady abstract flow moves all around us.
Back Water grows slowly from an eerie windy tone. A plucked steel-string acoustic guitar brings a new touch of the late-bar feel but this time, much more cosy and huddled. Tampered drumming and funky beats on the synthesiser give the easy-going feel the once over and with a more organic sounding wash, we are swept along on this beautiful journey. That's what this whole album is, it's a relaxing saunter through stress-free and happy times, perpetual motion of intention and reasons to be happy give it a soundtrack to life quality that we can all make use of. It ends with Safehold, followed by You. More soulful and homely, the album makes everything just a little more personal before it closes down for the night. Opening hours, any time you like.
Watch the single Calibu by Takeleave on Youtube
Buy the album Inner Sea by Takeleave on Bandcamp
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