Let’s just throw all my fancy-schmancy descriptive words & such out the window, okay? Because a song like this doesn’t need to be dressed up like we are going to to meet the Queen of England.
A song like this is a cheap suit that gets beer spilled on it. Maybe at the prom. Or, better yet, you never made it to the prom & go joy-riding instead until you don’t know what state you are in anymore.
I’ve listened to this track twice now, just so I could compose my thoughts… And my thoughts go the black-and-white route: canals and cobblestones and smokestacks in the distance. It’s a town I’ve never been to and yet I know it so very well.
See, I was raised on films (no, Joni-fans, not robbery… well, maybe a little bit of that, too) & music like this should rise up in the background of some silent movie, all shadows and wide eyes and such.
This track is gorgeous. Go get it at their Bandcamp page - it’s free!
(Please, I implore you to listen to this. Yes, I know that’s a triangle, but I assure you that this has nothing to do with drag or witch-house or whatever you wanna call it.)
Black Polygons is the musical project of Cyril Rampall. When I reached out to him for more info on the enigmatic project, Cyril responded with only a sentence or two. In fact the only thing he said to me was: “I’m from Paris, and this EP is my third release. Recorded here, at my home.” A man of few words. I can dig it.
Opting to instead let the music do most of the talking, I can tell you that Landscape is a short collection of minimalist tracks that wield a crushing beauty. Featuring mostly sonic tones created with synths and guitars, these three tracks showcase an organic beauty. Like when the wind sweeps through the trees in just the right way to natural musicality. Haunting, ethereal, and gorgeous.
At the time of writing, one of two existing Savages songs has 731 Soundcloud plays. Small stakes when you imagine a shitty Tiesto remix could garner 10,000 in under an hour. Perhaps I’ve deluded myself of Savages’ reputation, perhaps the fact that said reputation has organically grown through live shows will mean that online support may take its time. But most importantly this is a stunning work, equal to ‘Husbands’ in its showcasing of style, intensity, terror. So hit play and see what all the fuss is about.
Brighton/Guildford producer Oli Slack is back with another slice of electronic brilliance. “Maple High” rides on dreamy territory as pitch-shifted vocal samples blissfully tread on a warm, leading synth bass while a diverse plate of fluttering hip-hop beats take the piece to the next level. Really, what are they feeding them in the UK? This is simply incredible. Questions regarding dietary enhancement aside, this beat is ace and you can grab it over at Soundcloud.