Christoph de Babalon: Leaving Time (Super Hexagon, 2022)

July 17, 2022 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Christoph de Babalon: Leaving Time

Christoph de Babalon’s newest EP feels almost wistful, moving beyond the darker impulses of much of his best known work and reflecting on separation. The breaks are as measured and precise as always, but there’s no forceful attack to the drums, nor does the music feel like it’s channeling a whirlwind of rage or deep, brain-clustering depression. “I Trusted You” has the most choppy breakbeats, but they’re skeletal and spacious rather than rolling. You could step to it but it’s not really dance music, and “Steps Into Solitude” goes even further from the club, with growling bass and popping micro-beats which nearly seem like an outline of a drum pattern. “The Upper Hand” (the opening track) is a similar mood but has more developed percussion. A much different space than either his breakcore or dark ambient works.

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