Etch: Anachronism EP (Sneaker Social Club, 2021)

April 17, 2021 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Etch: Anachronism EP

Far beyond mere club tracks, Etch’s work is more of a psychological investigation through meticulous drum programming and sparse but highly considered atmospherics. “Tyrant” has an ominous sample stating that “you’re just a puppet, you’re not in control…” over shifting breaks and tolling bells. “Loose in the Asylum” mostly hovers in midair, with a few moments where heavier breakbeats plunge down to the surface. “Shadows Passed By” is a little more conventional, with a repeated sample inquiring “what can I find?” and a heavier break release during the second half. “Amygdala”, co-produced with Luo, has calm, mellow pads and ethereal vocals which shiver and wail, and the jazzy breakbeats erupt in fits and starts.

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