Friday, October 14, 2016

Sympathy Points – Negative Space (2016)



  • Modern classical 
  • Abstract 
  • Glitchtronica 
  • Ambient 
  • Epic 
  • Minimalism 
  • Clicks`n`cuts 
  • Field recording 
  • Soundscapes 
  • Concrete music 
  • Avant-garde

Comment: although this 7-track issue is tagged mostly as hip-hop at Bandcamp it is something different in fact. It might be the tag “future beats” is more appropriate imbued with sublime vibes and refined loops at Lusthog. I guess anyone of us would be very happy if such sort of music would be throning in the charts of (near) future. Nowadays it is not going to happen. However, at Up Close you could hear exquisitely majestic ambient and modern classical progressions with slightly shrill glitched-out chords which caress you instead of hurting. Indeed, it is something very special coming from a veiled world of sounds. Last Scene is an apotheosis of a blend of minimalism and emotive music though incorporating some elements from the post-rock scene either. Pain Rush is the most short-running and experimental piece on it because of operating with elements from electro-acoustic music, clicks`n`cuts, and field recording (chirping of the cicadas). It is simply stunning how the artist is expert at intertwining sublime noises with highly emotional impact at Height Width Depth. It might remind of Tim Hecker`s classics as Radio Amor, and Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again. The Washington, Virginia, US-based artist has been very prolific in 2016 because additionally he(?) has issued such outings as Iterations, Myths and Vacation Songs as well. I have not listened to these issues yet but is should have been done because additionally to this issue it may reveal some highlights from this year.
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