Book of Shame’s most recent release Compatibility is like an unforgettable LSD trip through time and space, that’s as lucid as it is alluringly ambiguous.
Where the experimental aspect has given the piece character and allowed it to stand out, those essential musical building blocks within present a clear knowledge of what works in composition, so there just as many addictive and satisfying riffs and flickers of colour as there are instances of the unexpected.
Teardrops begins with an alluring, yet ambient melody that paints an emotional picture in hues of black and blue reminiscent of a light rainstorm.
Cerulean is a two-track collection, a short journey through peacefulness with a resounding sense of depth and consideration about it. The title piece is as quiet as it is overwhelming – to listen at volume is to let these layers and details really wash over you in a subtly powerful manner.
Electronic music doesn’t get much more immersive and interesting than this – particularly when crafted to such a unique degree, with the perfectly consistent presence of professionalism and a clear passion for audio escapism.
The Live Sessions is music for music’s sake, and if mainstream culture has made you forget what that sounds like, Torelli and the Fuse are here to remind you.
Soul City emerges with the easy-going rhythms and subtle organic-electronic ambiance of a Lemon Jelly classic. You can hear every instrumental layer as this crisp and clean building block, and yet at the same time – you can let the entire completed soundscape work its smooth and colourful softness around you in a united wave of warmth.
“This music came to me in a kind of lucid dream, in a kind of vision, a very special kind of trance so to speak. Maybe this music came to me from another world, who knows?”
Always one to throw in more than a few subtle curve balls, Forest Robots proves there is no limit to his creative reach – no hill too high to climb, no sound too unusual to approach & master with professionalism & care.
Not until you’ve let the music rain down on you in full – which it does, the sound of rain is consistent – not until then does it really release you from the fast pace of modern life and let you realise the stillness of being.
The places these compositions take you are impossible to describe. The answer is to simply turn up the volume and let yourself fall into the moment. The journey within is likely to be completely unique for each individual listener.
Pall Simon has woven multiple layers of synths & sounds, fusing the natural world with something a little more dreamlike or electronic. There are plenty of audiences out there who thrive under the blanket of this kind of thoughtfully crafted EDM.