Release date: 20th October
A fruity bass and catchy drum loop open this EP, eerie tones dwell on fabricated dapples of sound and the rhythms attempt to grab and draw us in. Because the tracks are based on the percussion and only the slightest touches of melody garnish the work, the listening experience is enriched by the quality in the mix. A spherical envelope sonically encapsulates us with multi-directional progressions and colours of sound.
Title track “Hessdalen” takes the A1 position, the EP is marketed with 2 A2 tracks to the one A1. Perhaps the Icelandic Volruptus wishes to draw particular attention to the drum work and percussive mastery within the short and snappy number. The duo of A2 tracks delve into strangeness without letting go of the core element of beat, hypnotic rhythms generate interest and slow moving atmospheric orchestrations fill the spaces with stimuli. Touchy rhythmic tones make an appearance in the bringing of directional progression, spacey and crooked notches in sound drift along with the ever present drum.
What comprises the following two B tracks, begins with a shift from the cosmic side of music to a more earthly and grounded exploration of some tribalesque patterns with a more organic twinge in the synthetic instrumentations. “Time Travel” perhaps makes use of some older style electronic music paraphernalia to generate a modern sounding but lightly out of the way curve around some much loved methodology. “Alien People” makes use of some odd sounding phonic effects to emulate the possible background conversation of an alien species, in time to the cleverly disguised drumbeats of course. It's a bit of fun but the initial pleasantry manages to be a foundation for something actually interesting and musically worthwhile.
As of yet Hessdalen is unavailable but you can find the previous Volruptus EP (and this one in the future) on Amazon and Amazon UK.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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