From the same netlabel which brought us that superb Jesse Somfay masterpiece, ‘Sol’ comes another tripped out release perfectly tailored for the ASIP listeners ears. This time around, Basic Sounds have enlisted regular label contributors Overcast Sound, a duo consisting of Jamie Drouin and Michael Pettit, to serve up two extended slices of dub-techno, both over 20 minutes in length (Eastward and Westward).
Described below as ‘idyllic for those introspective moments spent on commuter trains’, the slow, repetitive dubby beats and subliminal minute changes in texture couldn’t be any better suited to window-watching. By coincidence, on my way home this evening I was thinking about ‘commuting’ music and tried racking my brains as to what I enjoy listening to the most during these strangely isolated hours. For me, commuting is just that – the epitome of being strangely isolated – it’s the one time I’m surrounded by tens of people (hundreds at times) yet can still be at my most solitary, with headphones plugged in, a window (sometimes!) to watch and a whole day to reflect upon, look forward to or worry about. ‘Commute’ is the perfect accomplice and the very definition of ambient – it’s an unobtrusive background soundtrack that welcomes moments of reflection and slows down the crazed world we often inhabit.
“…Influenced by their travels over the last year, with Pettit presently residing in Holland, the duo masterfully deliver two 20-minute long dubby soundscapes, idyllic for those introspective moments spent on commuter trains. “Westward” is a reflective atmospheric journey with restrained basslines, echoing pads and rhythmic clicks. Organic warm washes and distant crackles gradually evolve within its subtle melodies for an overall calm and contemplative ride. “Eastward” starts off with soft floating melodies combined with dusty beats, airy chords and jazzy shuffling cymbals. Subtle vocals drift throughout the piece and intertwine with reverberating percussions. Both compositions offer a laid back dub voyage that only becomes better with each listen”.
See the original post on Basic Sounds for more info.
Big thank you to Pete Srdic for another great tip-off.