Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rawmean "Of Today"

Rawmean makes me think there is a description of sound style in this moniker chosen by Ramin the creator. Or it could be some deviation of Ramin's name. Maybe both revolve around each other. I purchased this from the Rawmean's Bandcamp page back in February. After listening repeatedly to "Of Today", Rawmean's newest release, here are my thoughts.

There is the beat, this is the "mean". Solid without breaks, on most songs rhythmic, like a boxer on a speed bag. Then slowly sounds are thrown on to the pulsating rhythm. The sound space fills up. These individual samples move the entire piece towards complexity. The beat maintains the temperature and cooks the floating sound parts until perfectly done. Then they are removed and there is only the mean, the "beat". 

The physical cassette is well presented with a fold out j-card of some pretty cool artwork. There are no tracks listed on the cassette nor sides. Maybe this is needed in the digital world, but not at all in the physical. This is a great release overall. Intricate work with sounds and still maintaining the sonic fabric as a whole.

Links
I found this review on Raised By Gypsies for further reading.
Rawmean on Bandcamp

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DISMAL NICHE TAPES 009

This is a cassette I chose not order, but Matthew curator of Dismal Niche Tapes was kind enough to include this unselected release with my purchase. This generosity made me realize, no matter how many sound samples I listen to on the internet, my decision making process is still dubious! 

POI is Caleb McMurray. His release is titled Teenage Dolomites. I have listened to the tape over and over. Side 1 and 2 have fused into one long warble of keyboard rhythm and beat. Every revolution of the cassette spool is so strikingly solid. There is a weighty groove throughout Calib's debut. Each song is unique but not disjointed with the next. The tracks effortlessly flow together as an album should. This is a well conceived sonic offering, complimented by very cool artwork and layout. Press play on this in the car with friends, you will get the nod.

Thanks POI and thanks Dismal Niche! I am humbled because after listening to sound samples and passing on the purchase, my judgement was given a lesson in wisdom.







Links
Straight to POI - Teenage Dolomites on Dismal Niche Tapes
Dismal Niche Tapes Facebook Page
Caleb the Artist