Title: Tenth Oar EP
Label: (self-released via Bandcamp)
Format: digital download
Genre: glitch, IDM, abstract
I have to tell you, when the first track starts playing, it feels magical and invokes an almost dreamy feel. It’s no wonder why this four track EP is getting a lot of praise. So let’s jump right in.
“Rex” is a clear stand out track in the vast, never ending and ever-expanding world of electronic music. Opening with gentle flute/recorder samples, a textured 800+ bpm vocal sample (a trick I’ve used myself in a few demos), and vivid / crunchy beats, this piece sounds brilliant. As it progresses, we’re treated to some top notch layering and some flawless flowing synth. And just over the threshold is a similar vocal sample, slowed way down, making this feel so haunting in spots… that in itself is an interesting juxtaposition. Haunting sounds alongside beautiful melodies.
“Alarm” is gentle. It’s practically an ambient piece with a subtle pulsating melody. Rhythmically, it is like a slowed alarm. The melodies get layered elegantly with sweet synth and piano as we move along. I would have to say that this is one of my favorite pieces on the EP thus far.
With warm synth and a very glitched beat, we move into the third track. Surprise! The synth is mostly made up of a textured and stretched violin sample. This is very clever, as it gives this piece a very melodic yet droned feel without coming off as noisy or redundant.
Some vocal samples get the reduced-speed treatment here on the final track, turning them into nearly unrecognizable moans and blending them with slow, churning synth. A very light beat glitches above the din. This piece, while intoxicatingly melodic on a slow and deep level, is haunting as hell. I love it.
Should you buy this? First of all, it’s free. There’s no excuse not to grab this. Secondly, the blending of styles here, alongside the clever use of textured and stretched samples gives this a unique sound that I’ve yet to hear employed in electronic music, or at least used frequently. Fans of anything glitch or experimental will love this. Fans of Boards of Canada, current FSOL, a darker Third Eye Foundation, or Marumari might find this hard to pass up. This EP is great and would sound awesome through headphones or on vinyl. Go here to get this EP right NOW!
4.9 out of 5.