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Free Album Fridays: Sun/Rain_Flower

 

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With Sun/Rain_Flower, you’re going to find a couple distinct worlds bleeding into each other. First you’re swimming in a very isolated aquamarine patch of ocean, drifting along, let’s say, with album opener “Squid.” It’s cold, but in that crisp way where you’ve somehow gained the ability to see endlessly into the distance: the bells echo off toward the horizon like an underwater tour guide, with little bricks of reverb tailing after them. Then that other world jumps in, the one where the entire fucking ocean jumps with a sudden shock of electricity: these crazy chaotic drums flush everything out, triggering tidal waves of distorted energy that jumpstart the track in the fiercest way. Yeah, this EP is all about rise and fall: swirling pads and bells kicking up against drums so loud and busted that they make your vision blur with excitement.

I’ve seen a number of people tie Jacob Weiss’ latest project to the likes of Maps or M83, but Weiss himself is quick to reference Japanese drone-rockers Boris as a key influence on the album. It’s fitting: whereas M83 belts lush synthesizers off into the atmosphere, the drumwork is really what drives the energy on Subdivison of Curiosity. “Squid,” “Projectiles” and “Reason” all feature gripping drum explosions so fierce they act as memory wipes, washing away the beautiful lowkey intros that usher them in. “Scream, You Filthy Pillows” is probably the only track that ditches the soft-to-loud whiplash in favor of a more balanced approach, riding a persistent, thumping percussive build into a cloud of two or three offset sine waves, all of which get progressively more and more garbled and frantic. This track, at over 8 minutes long – and by a certain extension, the album that seems to spill out from its core – isn’t for the impatient, but it’s a treat for listeners who like to be whipped around and washed over by distorted electronic haze.

It’s not a perfect offering, but it is exciting to find an EP that clocks in at just under 24 minutes which nevertheless finds me praising its completeness and ability to craft a series of satisfying builds and payoffs. There’s coherence and there’s movement – it all centers around the play between soft lulls and bursts of swarming noise. Grab the download and keep an eye out for this guy in the future.

Subdivision of Curiosity is available for free – get it now.

For more free stuff by Jacob Weiss, check his website: http://lambdarecords.net/artists/jacobweiss/

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