Been rinsing this past few days, it’s a wicked release full of deep, emotional tapestries of warm melancholia weaving in futuristic cinematic images of a world you can make up in your mind. Similar in cinematic scope to Mistabishi’s lesser known but brilliant project “LoL”, which for me produced one of the more interesting Electronic Pop albums of recent years. Calm follows the same emotional journey as LoL but as the title proclaims, in a much more “calmer”, ambient fashion.
This album was mixed and mastered on the same equipment Pink Floyd used for “Dark Side of The Moon”, the EMi TG12345 Mk. IV. I am also reliably informed that the LoL album was too.
It certainly manages to evoke an other-worldly ambience in the sounds it manages to produce and that is apparent on this release. Much like both the Floyd and LoL albums, upon listening, you just feel like you are floating in space.
This is a release certainly worth checking out as it’s one of the more interesting Electronica releases you’ll want to hear this year.
Here’s a couple of tracks to get you started:
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Traumatically uplifting, Euphorically depressing, Bleakly hopefull, CALM traverses its way through a contradictory axis of feeling – occasionally blackly comic, yet all delivered with a certain weight…
Logging in at just over half-an-hour in length, CALM is exhibited more-or-less continuously, like a short film.
All the hallmarks of the Mistabishi studio-sound are present and correct, but this time round, the previous exercises in drag-tempo harmony have been explored to their seemingly logical conclusion.
Age-old themes of the soul are displayed through female voices that take centre stage but never overwhelm it. Even with the use of some sort of vocoder on occasion, the effect is more *Anonymous* than *Autotune*. The voices are fragile and wholly unknown, yet fill comfortably a sound-stage that’s nothing short of Galactic in its spacial scope.
As with so much of the Mistabishi catalogue of music – CALM occupies a creative space all of its own. It’s a space that will be instantly familiar to the followers of this catalogue, but one not so Alien as to be indecipherable to anyone with a well-tuned ear for bass-rich, wide-screen music.