With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

Music trivia, useless info, extra added random stuff and the odd rant from me

‘Emanate’ – Yair Elazar Glotman and Mats Erlandsson May 15, 2020



This is one of the most interesting and experimental recordings it has been my privilege to review.
These two artists have been collaborating since 2015 and produced their first recording “Negative Chambers ” in 2017. They mix electronic sounds with traditional acoustic instruments. They employ an ensemble cast and various forms of displaced sound. Their music occupies a space all its own between electronic and acoustic.
The opening track of ‘Emanate’ “From Light to Refraction” begins with a single note. This builds to a somewhat discordant sound with ambient sounds beneath. The idea of shifting is strongly suggested. There are hints here of Eno’s ‘Discreet Music’ but also of modern classical composers such as Philip Glass and Samuel Barber
“Interlude 1” maintains the one-note theme with hints of rhythmic wood blocks echoing beneath the strings. Track 3 “From Reflection To Procession” has a feel of baroque sacred music. Flavours of Tallis and Purcell resonate.┬áThe ambient sounds flutter and echo through the structure as bass vibrations rumble beneath.


“Interlude 2” features a more electronic feel. The more organic woodblock sounds return. There are hints of Steve Reich and a captivating fizzing sound persists.
“Procession” continues the more electronic feel and there are hints of film soundtracks. It is possible to visualise the slow-moving procession with swaying black robes. Fading and growing by turn the music builds to eerie crescendos before falling away. “Interlude 3” has breathier sounds and the claves and woodblocks sounds return in this shorter piece. Distant rhythmic echoes persist. “From Procession To Refraction” features unnerving, shifting sounds that create an uneasy feeling with suggestions of melodies that never begin or end. Track 7 is a longer piece with multiple layers of sound. An orchestra suggests itself as if hinting at Vivaldi-like themes but the beauty is that it never manifests itself totally. “Interlude 4” once again features the one-note introduction. The woodblocks are more persistent here acting as a lead instrument rather than background sounds. The final track “From Refraction to Light” closes this brave, introspective, and deeply thoughtful record with a longer piece that takes us back to where we started with growing layers of strings slowly and elegantly drawing the piece to a close. This is a captivating recording and it would be fascinating to hear it performed live to experience the totality of the profoundly introspective vision of these two pioneering artists.

Written by Paul Bamlett

If you have enjoyed this article feel free to follow the blog, or follow us on;

Facebook

Twitter

EMail

Are you interested in writing and reviewing for With Just A Hint Of Mayhem? If so then please get in touch.

 

With Just A Hint Of Mayhem – Singles Round-Up 2020 Part 3 April 22, 2020


We are still catching up with reviews during this COVID-19 lockdown. So here is our third 2020 singles round-up.

These five tracks feature another eclectic mix of bands from as far afield as Melbourne, (Australia), Raleigh (USA), Berlin (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden) and of course the UK. All of these acts, apart from EYEBALL, are new to With Just A Hint Of Mayhem too. Enjoy!

“Forget It”Mid City

This is a tuneful slab pop-punk perfection that hits you right in the face from the off, but in a good way. The snarly, surly vocals from Joel Griffith are how I imagine the devil in Brandon Flowers to sing. It is a song where the drums are mixed nice and loud with thundering bass and some rifftacular guitar from Ben Woodmason. Mid City have the sass and swagger, and obviously, the talent, to go much further!

“Visions Of A Moment Made”Eyeball

A dreamy psychedelic workout from the wonderfully weird and sonically superb Eyeball from North Carolina. This wonderful tune haunts your mind long after the final note. Another shoegaze, slacker masterpiece from this lot, with some Giorgio Moroder film score elements in the synths! Check them out, you will not regret it! Out now coupled with “Delerium” on ‘Spectromania’.

“Soul Divider”Deepshade

A warped garage rock workout designed for the dance floor like something that Liam Gallagher and Death In Vegas or Noel Gallagher and the Chemical Brothers didn’t have the balls to release. This a hard, stabbing piece of rock with some dark dance influences. I bloody love it! I can picture myself at a Deepshade gig sitting in the corner and floating into another dimension on the strength of their music!

“Wrong” – Larwood & Koh

Rap for me is either brilliant or awful, this is beyond brilliant and it is also British. Larwood really knows how to cipher and his speed and clarity are outstanding. Then there is the amazing video to accompany “Wrong”. My only advice is, do not watch it after imbibing copious amounts of alcohol (other stimulants are available!) because it will fuck up your dreams! But now I have a real need for more Larwood & Koh.

“From Procession To Refraction”Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson

This track is cinematic in scope and sits perfectly as a perfectly constructed prog-rock piece. It oozes feelings of menace, hope, and confusion it is a masterful and immensely beautiful drone that after a couple of listens relaxes my mind and placates my soul. Possibly the most beautiful instrumental track I have encountered in years! Check out some older stuff from them here.

If you have enjoyed this article feel free to follow the blog, or follow us on;

Facebook

Twitter

EMail

Are you interested in writing and reviewing for With Just A Hint Of Mayhem? If so then please get in touch.

 

 
%d bloggers like this: