Articles by " AWD Castles"
To follow up last week’s demo, College Park, Maryland’s Abhi & Dijon have officially moved forward with their collaboration project. The two recently uploaded their first single under the new name, blending several different influences carefully throughout its unrestrained composition. The track really doesn’t skip a beat, and the latter half is an indication of the craft that’s been unremittingly present with the project so far.
That’s also something I’ve noticed from this collaboration over the past two tracks. Sometimes there are two sides to a story, and Abhi & Dijon have both been eager to share work behind this concept. With “work.pool.bed,” though, there’s a number of distinct directions this project could take going forward. The early 2000s vibe might end up becoming the consistent aspect over a full release, with the vocals slowly being worked into more and more tracks. But the balance right now is more than enough as an introduction to the beautifully crafted project, and it’s no wonder that the song below has become their first official single.
Collaborations create new directions for creative minds. Dijon Duenas of Home and Water knows this and still effortlessly transcends every insular element he’s been known for into this project. Striking the balance with more of an upbeat energy, the currently untitled track available becomes another reminder of the keen results, made capable through collaboration.
But this also isn’t the first time Abhi Raju has worked on a track with Home and Water. The collaboration’s roots began with “let down” a year ago, and the two have been on the same page musically ever since. They’re both now exploring new compositions in ways that bridge the true intentions of what a collaboration/band should be. It’s crazy we’re only a demo into this project, while Home and Water has also yet to drop his first beat tape, but I still feel like 2013 has seen a shift into the kind of energy beat-music is capable of up to this moment.
Over the past few years, there’s been a growing community built around netlabels in Japan. It’s had a significant impact on some of the outerlying music scenes around Tokyo. Most of the time, the community has a heavy emphasis towards the many beat projects coming out of the country. But Japanese music has always gathered influences from all over, so it isn’t unexpected for some of these other influences to find a home on a netlabel of their own. Recently discovered label, Ano(t)raks, specifically relies on bands with an alternative and twee-pop background.
The label has had several releases and two excellent compilations uploaded to their Bandcamp, with the latest featuring one of the most dynamic tracks I’ve heard all year. JAM the MOD plays off an intriguing balance of distortion and pop with their newest 8 minute single, “2nd Rainbows.” Along the way, layers of arpeggiated synths linger in the background as the production transitions through various, clean/distorted riffs. The level of detail found within the overall composition speaks for itself as well as the bold nature that this band is capable of altogether.
A lot of respect goes out to Ano(t)raks for recognizing its community and sharing some of the music our way, completely free of charge.
It’s taken a few years and a few more projects later, but now it looks like some sort of identity has finally begun to settle with Ricky Eat Acid.
This new track doesn’t follow Sam Ray’s previous efforts with REA religiously, but with another 5 minute song already on the tracklist for the project’s new album, Three Love Songs, you can tell there’s a much bolder output intended for this release. Ray has been steadily honing his ambient craft with each project he’s ever been apart of. He’s now mixing in those elements on an album that also features a song like “In my dreams we’re almost touching”, where a Drake sample, off of ”Take Care”, becomes the backbone behind a kick drum that soon fades into a sort of Unicorn Kid-inspired production. At the same time, it’s tough to figure out how the rest of this album will play out given only the two songs and Sam Ray’s dynamic, ever-changing track record with Ricky Eat Acid.
12 minutes isn’t a whole lot of time for a musician to convey everything they want on a record. But some musicians give off the impression that they’re always writing new music. Everything that follows a notable release tends to welcome disparate levels of reflection, kept akin behind the novel characteristics that first drew you in. Whether it’s directly drawn from the vocals or passively gained through the layers surrounding its harmonies, holo pleasures is heedless, but is still a fitting progression for the project’s namesake in Elvis Depressedly.
Yet, the scope of this release actually draws more influence from previous Coma Cinema records rather than the few self-released Elvis Depressedly albums. The opening half lingers through Blue Suicide-reminiscent tones, where “pepsi/coke suicide” sparks much of the initial connection. The later half of this short release blends in even more outerlying elements unaccustomed to Elvis Depressedly. “weird honey” easily stands out on this side, especially as Mat Cothran sings “if there’s a cool spot in hell, I hope you get it.” New distinctions and past connections both become equally important for this release.
holo pleasures 7″ is out April 16th from Birdtapes.