The Ancient City
The Beats Bizarre Music
Spongy rhythms with pretty interludes open the four track E.P. With a bounce in the step, the reggae beat pins a skeletal frame for diverse and moving experimental sounds, melody and key take their turns to play around with the stable drive of relaxing tempo. Destination Unknown is the title, and it fits really well. I'm not quite sure where this music is taking me, but it's sounding exotic and strangely familiar. I like how it's not a long stretch from other music of this type, but remains unique and with its own special flavour.
Taking sounds from all areas of the musical world, digital and organic, the culmination of feelings and emotive entrancements really take on a holistic approach. Nothing is being relied on to make it work, but all the bits flow together in a swirling wave of mixing and tune. The tapping drums are not making too much noise, the bass isn't throbbing, the melody isn't repeating itself, but I'm still feeling like this is keeping my mind happy with the formalities.
Track two gently reveals itself as a tranquil and aqualine number which removes some of the insistent pressure from track one. A cool brass sound cups the moment and throws us into another place, where the sun is shining and the people are smiling at you. More digital compositional moments fill the spaces and psychedelic build-ups and licks give a shimmering feel to the sunny music. Waterfall is a slice of tropical paradise, scored with a happy sensation and not too much of anything but the sonic throws of some memorable haven.
Turbo Encabulator is a futuristic sounding and more upbeat piece. Spine chills come to mind as the initial phrases of the track span outward, revealing flowers of digital fractals of sound. A new feel with the humble strings of an acoustic guitar finds its way into the busy mix, a space is left open for it, and as the amalgam of sonics finds the best way to encapsulate this new energy, some more brass finds the time to help it all along. Soon the loops of beat and melodic display begin to find their feet and something sparks a layer of sampled voice. It works well, and once again we're taken somewhere new with this E.P.
As the E.P. finds its way to its final track, the mood is relaxed and we're left with the sounds of a forest to help us prepare. A little whistled melody and digital chimes bring the phasing mysterious intro into play, some tribal sounds bring the beat and slowly the pulse begins to make itself known. It feels like a busy summer, people everywhere, and the clouds are drawing in. A more heady element is in this final section, and it gives us new sensations that reach a little deeper and darker than the previous contributions. Ancient City being the title track, the drawn out and dramatic interplay between melody and feel eventually give way to a strange but enjoyable track.