Experimental: Voltage Black – St. Elmo

Ancient mariner
Scan the horizon
Search forever
Guided by plasma
Angel or sorceress
Wrapped in a white dress
Beware St Elmo and what lurks below

But I, I got caught in your gravity
With a chemical urgency
For that moment all shallow was deep

St.Elmo by Voltage Black is the newest experimental release that deserves a spotlight. It mixes electronic music with rock, such as post-rock with an industrial mood. The track is part of the debut album of Voltage Black released this 21st of September The Curve of the Earth is With You. The opening party for the album will take place at New River Studios, this Thursday 27th September in London. Voltage Black, is a genre-defying vocal project of multi-alias artist, Ewan Fisher. According to its press release, the album has several different influences as much as feelings that served as inspiration for the creation of each track:

The album is about a long and deeply intimate relationship in the artist’s life that recently ended, and the individual songs explore themes such as obsession, optimism, chaos, and the slow, unending road to self-understanding. It uses melodic and textural maximalism to impart a sense of emotional and cerebral overwhelm on the listener, whilst the sonic detail and unconventional structures represent the depths we can go to in attempting to understand our lives and their ever changing, unpredictable natures.

These seven psychedelic and crystalline compositions draw together elements of alternative pop, post-rock, synth-wave, techno and cinematic ambience, to make a new sound all of its own. The sonic and emotional result is cohesive, and Fisher’s understanding of structure and melody makes the songs accessible and universally resonant.

Check our Spotify Psychedelic Waves of Eden for more track of this kind:

Downtempo/Trip-Hop: Aydio – The Surface of Revolution

The Surface of Revolution by London based Aydio is a colourful downtempo track, with oriental vocals, several different layers of instruments that sound incredibly well altogether. Part of the album Inversion. Sonrisa is another track that deserves attention, the whole track has many instruments recorded, such as an amazing bass, plus the whole set of drums itself, very nice percussion, as much as the same style of sampled vocals. Aydio has a huge discography in Bandcamp and Spotify, so there are plenty of music he can provide us.

The track has been added to our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden, you can find many other trip-hop downtempo tracks there:

 

Dream Pop: FMFL – Functional Music for Lovers (Album)

Today we’re again talking about Brazilian-born producer Adam Matschulat and his debut album as FMFL. His first singles have been covered by this blog in March, such as Hear my Heart, when we also interviewed him about his plans for 2018, such as releasing an album as FMFL. The album got released a little later than expected and with less tracks than promised; yet, it is a special material that cannot go unnoticed by Synths of Eden. In fact, FMFL’s album comes out as something dark, impressive and delicate at the same time. A mixture of Adam’s feelings with a blend of trip-hop, summed by a Björk style of experimentation.

Adam lives in London where he writes, records and produces “Functional Music for Lovers” in his own home studio, released by RESTERECORDS. Clearly the album has been written in a hard period for Adam and you can tell it by the melancholy that takes over throughout the tracks. Of course, it is not only about melancholy and suffering, even though most of the tracks take this route, it is clear the different shades, some more hopeful, others more neutral.

FMFL explores simple melodies and bright synth lines that bring back Adam’s childhood with a sense of nostalgia tinged melancholy. The track “I Don’t Know What to Do” is a good example of an introspective melancholic state that is counterbalanced by “Lost Love Songs” a much more uplifting track.

The album itself is filled with synthetic textures, calm, delicate and worm vocal lines that provide us with peace, drive by compelling drum patterns. Somehow, it makes us feel as if we’re in a deep slumber, numb to the reality, especially in the track “Up to the Sky” the wheezing sounds makes you wake up briefly, so you know you are still breathing.

The album closes with “Hear my Heart”, the song that we talked about back in March. Which talks about the connection between listeners and music. Plus, how it is translated to the connection between people. All of it in a bright-melancholic way.

By collaborators Wallace & Igor

Lost Love Songs has been featured in our playlist Synths of Eden:

Loop Track: Narcsus Prye – LOOP 3

Using a loop as a foundation,producer from London,Narcsus Prye composed his whole track, LOOP 3. In the final result sounds very nice, proving that making music can be done in many different ways, such as using a loop as bass and develop this into something new inside an arrangement, also not the easiest thing to do. Much more than with a single track, the whole album is called 8 Loops, with a self-explanatory title.

The track has been featured in our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden:

 

Electronic: OhmField – Worm Can

Producer from London featured here before with Rest, a track that it very calm by itself, worm, full of layers and beats that resemble post-dubstep, the track’s name is self explanatory. OhmField comes back with a new release Worm Can also with a self-explanatory title, a worm track, with an indie-pop vocal that is not only limited to the world of sampling, though it’s still explored. A wormer track with a highly noticeable bass, all topped up by synth pads of all kinds, summed with sampled parts of vocals.

For it’s pleasant and calm beats, the track has been featured in the Chilling in Eden Spotify playlist:

Experimental Electronic: Yem Gel – Knotg3rl

Premiered by Mixmag in Soundcloud, London-based musician and visual artist Alecs Pierce launched his new project a month ago as @yemgel with a four-track EP titled ‘Knot Being’ on @kick-clap-2.

According to his premiere by Mixmag:

At its forefront, ‘Knotg3rl’ channels an 0PN-esque stuttering sheen – glossy sounds flutter like jets of serotonin. Beneath, sounds spanning breaks, abstract grime pops and digi-harp strums meet in an intoxicating concoction of misfit styles. We can’t get enough.

It is not an easy track to listen, it goes to the absurd when it comes to experimentation with audio files and what you can do composing music by aggregation of samples. But it’s quite impressive the work done by Alecs Pierce. We have 6 minutes of a composition that dares to experiment and to impose itself as the creation of several layers and different music elements, stuttering sounds that are annoying per se, but in the end combined became deep music, it’s not something easy to do.

Yem Gel’s debut EP Knot Being has been released this Friday and it’s been featured in our Spotify Playlist Synths of Eden:

 

Classy Tracks: Maribou State – Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin)/Turnmills

“Turnmills was where we first experienced electronic music in a club setting. It’s a totally different and transformative listening experience and that communal spirit, atmosphere and feeling has inspired the way we’ve made music,” says Liam. “Clubs are such important hubs for music discovery, especially of songs that you might have overlooked in a different setting. Partly through the feeling in the room and also through the memories attached to the records you hear.”

British duo Maribou State has recently released two tracks Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin)  – as embedded – and a month ago Turnmills. These are their first releases since their breakthrough album from 2015 Portraits. The duo is formed by Liam Ivory and Chris Davids. Besides being great with their studio work, they are taking their new live show to an European tour, including Sónar 2018. The two tracks combine the best of downtempo electronic music, groove and pretty vocals.

Both mix electronic music production with some organic instruments and amazing vocals. Turnmills has an electric guitar, hypnotizing arpeggiated bass lines while being followed by soft vocals with some chorus at certain points.  The track is dedicated to the legendary London nightclub of the same name that closed in 2008, which deserves our respect even more.

The real Turnmills in London.

As for Feel Good, the track starts with an addictive guitar riff, followed by synths and vocals totally suitable for dancing. Maribou State’s two newest releases have been featured in our playlist Synths of Eden:

Post-Rock/Trip-Hop: JUNODEF – Gold (Alternative Version)

“as women we know the importance of recognising each other’s work. In the music industry you actively have to search for women to cooperate with, or you are most likely to end up with a cis-male dominated team. That is why this project was run entirely by women. The music, script, and screenplay were written by women, and it was directed by, shot and edited by women.”

With this quotation I present you Gold by Swedish band Junodef.

Junodef from Lund, Sweden, makes an unique blend of post-rock, trip-hop, highly influenced by artists such as Chelsea Wolfe, Warpaint and PJ Harvey. They started in the Swedish underground scene and then relocated to London. The fact that they moved to London also impacted their sound, making them experiment even further with electronic music, such as trip-hop.

Their debut album Oceans came out in 2017, since then they’ve been busy with a big range of projects for 2018. Their track ‘Gold’ came out in Sweden with a thrilling music video, Romain Gavras style of violence, but a bit more mellow.

You can stream Junodef by Spotify:

 

Electronic: OhmField – Rest

After a long day of work, all you need is rest. It is even better when we can find a song called “Rest” that aims to fulfil this purpose. This is the type of Rest where you can let yourself go, even dance, lay down, enjoy the feeling and nothing else matters. A song to embrace mindfulness.

OhmField is a producer from London, that combines a different range of influences, traditional and contemporary elements at the same time. The art cover from Rest represents pretty well how his music sounds, different layers, colours, daring to experiment, while keeping with the basic elements of a pleasant track.

Follow Synths of Eden Spotify (embedded) playlist and listen the best tracks featured here in the blog, next weekly update will include Rest.

Buy digitally via Bandcamp or stream it by Spotify.

 

UK Bass: Yuki Ame – Love Me

As expressed here in earlier posts, UK Bass is something I enjoy a lot, one of my favourite genres, that includes old school drum and bass, dubstep and post-dubstep, with the dedicated post about Mount Kimbie and its Crooks and Lovers. This time I’m featuring Yuki Ame, Love Me, released recently by London label Panel Records. The track is part of the album Anamnesis (ἀνάμνησις), that means reminiscence in Greek.

Yuki Ame started as a conceptual alias, the idea was to keep an anonymous online presence. Returning from Asia, Yuki Ame moved to Bristol, UK and started to dive into the local electronic music scene. After that, changed from Medicine to an Arts major in Humanities, including interest for philosophy and identity within music.