upsammy: Germ in a Population of Buildings (PAN, 2023)

May 3, 2023 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

upsammy: Germ in a Population of Buildings

upsammy delivered a standout set at the beginning of Dekmantel last year, backed by fluid and forest-like visuals from Sjoerd Martens. Her new album on PAN is a set of electronic ecosystems teeming with beats that scurry like insects, and playfully abstract melodies. Her disguised voice adds a childlike human touch, but it already feels the product of a busy mind; even though the sounds are all electronic, this isn’t something that could’ve been randomly spit out by a machine. It feels both carefully thought out and shaped by nature. It’s glitchy and micro, but it’s also informed by dance and pop production without conforming to those types of structures. Her club tracks were great but this album is where she demonstrates her true artistry.


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