Photo by Ilya Lipkin
Soda Plains is a wonderful example of somebody who can produce with brain-bending complexity and steer clear of disaffectedness, so we're always psyched to hear what he comes up with. A couple months ago it was the baroque club of "Traiana" (inspired by Vlach magic and the Roman empire), and now it's "Shuttered," something a bit slower and spaced-out than we're used to hearing from the Berlin/London-based producer, off his forthcoming Kickbacks EP.
Bringing to mind a little the "weightless" aesthetic as coined by UK experimentalists Mumdance, Logos, and co., the track is built around a melodically convulsive, chopped vocal sample, and grows around a solemn set of synth melodies into something quite beautiful. The producer gave THUMP some background for the track via email: "After the Black Ocean release, I started working at a slower tempo and tried to focus the palette based on recurring sounds and motifs," he explained. "One of the central ideas for the EP was corruption, and I wanted that to infiltrate the relationship between the sounds, to force conflicting things to inhabit the same system. 'Shuttered' takes its name from a concrete finish, often used in brutalist architecture."Check it out below, see the album art after the jump, and be sure to get Kickbacks when it's out December 11 on Liminal Sounds.
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