Bahbiss Cobb (AKA Eric Curry) dedicated his latest spill of ambient electronica, Squabble with Oats, to women around the world as a recognition for all that they are and all that their autonomy creates when they dance to the beat of their own drum.
The syncopated percussion and vortexes of swirling electronica transfuse in the soundscape to create a hypnotic ambient effect in the extended mix which lands on the visceral side of mesmerism. Genre-wise, no EDM branch was out of reach, but the industrial rhythms are the most strident ingredient in the release that is emboldening and invigorating in equal measure.
For their latest alt-ambient single, TakeyourTime, the Montreal experimental electronic duo, TheMindSettlers borrowed the rhythmic pulses of the ocean to remind their ever-growing fanbase that pace is the trick and to provide an opportunity to dip into a pool of lush azure chords.
The Aphex Twin influence is just about legible in the natural pace of the single, which is tinged by the duo’s respective affinities for the rave scene and Skinny Puppy-era industrial music. The instrumentals may be minimal, but TakeyourTime is still a force of meditative nature to be reckoned with. It stands as a testament to TheMindSettlers’ ability to deliver everything their moniker promises.
With more releases in the pipeline, TheMindSettlers are worth a spot on your radar and your ambient playlists.
In the duo’s own words, here is what they had to say about their latest production:
The idea came when we went around the city of Montreal and found some surfers close to Lachine Canal. The base chords remind the flow of the water, and we added a water noise sample in the background to accentuate that feeling.
The Lynchian oscillating effects and reminiscence to Big Black Delta make Static Null’s latest single, Blister, an instant feat of atmospherically dystopic beguile.
Instead of just lacing light with dark, Static Null fused warm reverb with cuttingly cold tones and opened the narrative between man and machine. Dark ambience may have been hitting the airwaves by the smorgasbord in 2022, but Static Null is a caustic cut above the rest.
His work subversively implants what it means to be human in soundscapes inspired by his idyllic Swedish hometown while mourning the loss of our humanity with a faint yet infectious sense of optimism. We can’t wait to hear what follows. Seemingly, neither can his 9k monthly Spotify streamers. He’s undoubtedly one to watch.
The essence of The Drood’s latest single, It Must Needs Wither is a captured ritual. An invitation to cherish the memories of the many lives lost in the years leading up to this Shakespearean release that took inspiration from the tragic play Othello.
For their ritualistically cathartic release, the Denver, Colorado-based electronic duo, used post-rock, Eastern psych and industrial for their dreamy textures. For the vocals, they opted for an ethereal quiescent timbre to rival the harmonic ambience in the dreamiest Beach House and Slowdive releases.
The haunting explorative progressions carry cynical lament while light transcendent textures bring comfort to the affirmation that for all of our artifices, we’re still the same primal creatures. Primal creatures plagued by the vulnerability of mortality and the psychological afflictions that drive us to acts of madness that are all too easily romanticised in our minds.
It Must Needs Wither will officially release on January 25th, 2022. You can check it out for yourselves via Spotify.
Jeff Goldsmith is a composer, sound engineer, and producer based out of Minneapolis; ‘Waiting Window’ the first track from his forthcoming album ‘May You Find The Light Before The Devil Knows He’s Right’ – composed and recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic – is a dark, brooding, piece, semi-neo-classical, semi-industrial, and mainly instrumental. All based around field recordings and live samples from Minneapolis, it’s a mix of the avant-garde, elements of alt-rock mixing with a repeating piano motif, sampled ambient noises, and speech, all building slowly throughout the five-and-a-half minutes of the track. At times sounding like Phillip Glass or Mike Oldfield, others with dashes of the softer parts of Nine Inch Nails or Ministry, switching still to the Orb or Ozric Tentacles. It’s an entrancing, evocative mix of alternative, dark ambient, and auditory narrative soundscape.
You can catch the video for ‘Waiting Window’ on YouTube; find out more about Jeff Goldsmith and his work here.