Music Reviews

Artist: Andreas Davids (@)
Title: Landscapes
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I had previously reviewed Andreas Davids’ “Grey” for Chain D.L.K. and enjoyed its spacey synth soundscapes, so I was interested to see how this one would compare. So let’s get right into it. “Mountains” starts us off with an interesting mix of clanging percussion and drone washes with some random sounds mixed in for good measure. Next up is “Sea,” and if this is a sea, it is not a placid one. The dissonant drones give the sense of the vast expanse of the ocean, while still letting you know that if you turn your back on it for even a moment it will completely destroy you. Like the sea, it is constantly shifting, while providing the illusion of remaining the same. “Coast” shifts gear entirely, with distorted, staticy beats and a repetitive bass line that sounds like 60cyle hum run through a malfunctioning distortion pedal. Interesting, but not something that would hold my interest over time like the first two tracks. “Underwater” finishes it all off with some heavy bass punching through the sounds of wind, synth drone, and clicking percussion. This is not underwater off the coast with fish swimming peacefully around the coral reef. No, you’re stuck in a derelict sunken ship and your light just ran out of batteries and your oxygen is running low. Out of the corner of your eye you see the faint outline of sharks circling above. This disc weighs in at around 20 minutes.

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