IDM is a fickle mistress, as is experimental EDM. Between determining make the sounds in a single’s head, having virtually no template to go by and normally needing some type of idea to clarify the weirdness audiences are listening to, it’s solely the bravest souls who toil away on such idea albums. Fortunately, Seattle-based artist Stressed Mosaic has acquired fairly an idea.
The easiest way to grasp mentioned idea is in a video quick story the artist himself created, which is written from the angle of an precise mosaic coming to life and experiencing the world for the primary time. The producer behind Stressed Mosaic, Brandon Islieb, says it’s a relatable expertise so these of us caught in lockdown, final yr and probably nonetheless:
Mosaics are colourful and complex and expressive, however they’re additionally fastened to the place they’re. If you happen to had been a mosaic, you’d be stressed – eager to rise up and discover colours like yours. ‘There’s A lot Left to Discover’ captures that feeling, an important one as a pandemic has grayed the world and left many feeling trapped. It’s about discovering horizons and seeing what’s across the subsequent nook. It’s about feeling freedom for the primary time. It’s made attainable by lockdown whereas being lockdown’s pure predator.
It’s a great way to have a look at it, and to look previous the potential ennui of being caught. Irrespective of the place you could be caught or for the way lengthy, you by no means know what could be coming subsequent and the appreciation that may come up from that could be top-of-the-line silver linings on the subject of COVID.
The music that accompanies the video is a observe from the album, “Tiles on Tiles.” It drives house the purpose of the quick story, written by Rebecca Christiansen, and makes the reader/listener actually really feel the clicking of the anthropomorphized tiles on these which might be nonetheless caught to the bottom. It’s once more a really relatable expertise, experiencing freedom whereas seeing those that are nonetheless glued down throughout you.
Musically, There’s A lot Left to Discover can be fairly a mosaic, albeit seemingly far more summary in locations than the ideas which might be extra actually described within the likes of “Tiles on Tiles.” Taking inspiration from early rave artists like Orbital, Underworld and Future Sound of London, Islieb matches collectively plenty of experimental sound design with IDM-style home and techno tracks. Alternatives just like the title observe, “Gyre” and, “Foggy Drain (Saponified)” actually channel that clever vibe whereas nonetheless being danceable, whereas others like “Desert Scorpion” and “You Solely Need Rain As a result of You’re on Hearth” are so experimental that one couldn’t even deign to assign a set style to them.
There’s A lot Left to Discover is an actual amalgam of kinds and sounds, however the sonic image they paint collectively is relatable, emotive and fascinating in a method solely an IDM/experimental work may be. There’s no telling the place Islieb will go subsequent with this undertaking, however relaxation assured it will likely be stressed.