Elsyne: s/t (self-released, 2021)

April 15, 2021 at 10:25 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Elsyne: s/t

The first album from upstate New York’s Elsyne is a steady, solid effort filled with shifting breakbeats and wintry melodies. It starts off really strong with “first snow”, then seems to merge IDM and gamelan with the second track. Subsequent tracks have some swift, choppy breakbeat patterns and somewhat ominous melodies. Tonally, a lot of it sounds kind of in-the-box, but the beats creep into more unconventional patterns, and while the tracks aren’t always filled with unexpected twists and turns, they are well paced. Highlights include “reverse” and the bittersweet “雨”, also included in an instrumental version.

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