A genre of music that I discovered this year is chillstep. You may groan and say it's been out for ages, but I really don't care for keeping up, I care for enjoying music. To discover something new that I like is a gift. I am grateful. For those who don't know, of which I am sure there are some somewhere, as far as I can tell, it is a neat little description to sum up music that sounds like dubstep but without the hardcore attitude that it often has.
The music however, cannot be described with such a description. I want to discus this mix today, a compilation of a few chillstep artists created by Ni:12.
We begin with a resonant female voice riding the beat of some lovely pads and sequenced melodies. She sings of her feeling of madness, "It's driving me crazy"... to the swelling and evolving electronic pulse that flows around her like a herd of sonic creatures, entwining in each other's paths.
A bouncing melodic dance plucking pop begins to drive the treble side and takes the feel of the music into the higher part of the head, before swooshing down into some piano and drum tranquility. An eastern sounding introspective tune brings us into some crashes like water falling onto us, and then like an unleashing of slow moving but powerful intentions, the beat picks up into something I'd describe as powerful.
As it regains its peace, the music takes a slightly epic turn as the piano melody incorporates darker deeper tones to the sound of a drawn out string. Then again the beat pulls in, joining the flow and the eastern humming string catches the top of the wave like a schooner bouncing into the musical horizon.
As the direction comes to a close and the next movement encounters our hearing, a flowing sway touches something deeper and more central within me, in my belly. The piano again, twinkles in like little lanterns while a guitar begins to rhythmically match the swish of the cymbals.
As I sit and describe what I'm hearing, this is my third listen today to this, I notice only ten minutes of the hour long video have passed.
I then hear a male voice, what he says, I cannot remember, I was thinking about the ten minutes but then the music changes gear. A woman begins to sing beautifully first, like the wind moving gently through large rain covered leaves, but then she begins to sing words. "Leave your world behind...".
The male voice speaks again, peaceful, warm and somehow mechanical. "Keep your labels for yourself" he says.
As he continues to utter his wisdom an arpeggiator begins to build the tension in the flow before it crashes into some electric guitar led awesomeness. The words "Remain as you are" accompanied by such a vast change in mood is at first ironic, but the video has not changed, the root of the source of the entertainment remains. I get it.
I'd love to describe the whole thing, but I want you to hear it for yourself. This, and many other videos like it, contains fantastic music. Explore it.
Ni:12 does specifically say without any doubt that the music does not belong to them and that if any artists featured are unhappy then the video will be removed. I respect that. My personal feelings are that videos like this only serve to benefit the artist as their sounds are given to wider audience. If you enjoy the songs, the music, then the chances are you will take note and look for it again.
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