Variant: Vortexual [Element Seven] (Echospace [Detroit], 2016)December 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
So I’ve reviewed one of Variant’s many recent releases on this blog before, and I basically said that while he certainly sticks to a certain sound (and yes, his albums can tend to sound like variations on each other), some of them hit harder than others. This one is definitely another one that just devastates. It’s very washed out ambient dub techno, but there’s just such a sense of despair and lost-ness to this one. There’s also beats, and they pump away like you’d expect from dub techno, but they seem to barely puncture through the thick waves rather than becoming the central focus. Seriously, this is deep as hell. I don’t want to get out. Get lost on Bandcamp. And yes, it blips out for a second about three minutes in, that’s just how it happened because this was a live one-take recording and it couldn’t be edited out.