Reviews are difficult sometimes, in that an almost neutral mood has to be reached by the critic, a comfortable setting has to be found and focus has to be maintained so as to prepare for whatever sonic medley is about to be thrown your way. I was ready.
❝The opening track to Lower Spectrum’s release “Levity” infiltrates the senses gently as a distant lick of high end guitar plucking rises through the haze, accompanied by the addition of ominous sawtooth pad work, rising, moving and gripping until a climatic explosion is reached with the aid of crashing drums and a cosmic peppering of synth bleeps. This introductory track then takes to a gentle retreat in the same manner that it arrived. A strong, emotive introduction from the producer.
“Khlever” follows on with a similar feeling of distention as pressure builds from the opening synth line into a four-four stomp of low end kicks and pops. Looped guitars accompany the opening pads melody and a further infusion of claps and hi-hats drive the track forward into the realm of dance-able, whilst still maintaining its somewhat psychedelic and entrancing allure.
From here the record abruptly shifts into the dark and moody “Hex” with 808 kicks popping off and 16th’s riding the hats into a march; sawtooth chords circulate on repeat and downward spiraling bleeps take the track almost into the realm of a 1980′s Sci-fi film score. There is a feeling however that this track is somewhat of a filler, as the repetition of notes almost subdue any feeling created by the previous tracks drive.
Que saving grace “Nocturnal” that opens with the now familiar ascension intro, this time bringing back that spacial cosmic feel with arpeggio beeps and angelic vocal chops, the drum line takes a more gentle approach with a slight swing of soft kicks and rim shots. A break in the tracks layers allow for a climatic build, until the full force of all instrumentation is combined into an epic and powerful medley of bass heavy drums and emotive orchestral strings. A great track that shows Lower Spectrum’s ability to create strong shifts in dynamics and mood.
Lo-fi Piano opens fifth track “Glimmer” that again takes us on a march of chopped vocals and heavy footwork, this time with more of a, dare I say it “Trap feel” due to the sudden breaks and build ups; the most mischievous track of the release.
The final piece entitled “Cathedral” is in my opinion the strongest track, an emotional, thought provoking medley of reverberated guitars, pads and wonderfully fluid live drums. A suitably climatic finish to a dramatic and enthralling release.
Altogether Lower Spectrum displays an ability to create emotive and retrospective experimental music that would suit both dance floors and the silver screen; there is a good level of diverseness, although some recurring elements in instrumentation on rare occasions can be somewhat repetitive. With the exception of “Hex” which feels misplaced amongst the other tracks, this is a strong release from a promising, exciting producer.❞
➥ “DEEP LACED VIBRATIONS, WARM ANALOGUE COLOURS AND AURAL SYNTHESIS IS CONSTRUCTED AND DECONSTRUCTED IN THE COMPLEX SONIC ARCHITECTURAL FORMATIONS OF LOWER SPECTRUM’S LATEST EP OFFERING” 8.5/10 – Josh