Down Review – From Here, For Anyone (Hidden Shoal Recordings)

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From Here, For Anyone brings together Medard Fischer and Tim Arndt and though neither have met nor spoken, they collaborate here seamlessly. Distance and impersonal connection in music construction are becoming more common and Hidden Shoal Recordings has previously ventured into this form before with City of Satellites. In the early 1990s there was a tendency to describe electronic music as “faceless”, however the warmth and heartfelt content on this recording dissolves any such critique into a strange expectation: for faces, movement and motion.

This four track EP opens with variations of melodic chords soaking the upper register, and combines pristine drum and synth programming. It is quite obvious that the form is predominantly electronic, yet it has all the hallmarks of post-rock sensibility and sonic attunement. ‘Archive’ clothes itself in manipulated crowd samples before launching into a layered drum, synth and bass combination. ‘Always enough’ weaves bright tones, dub sensibility and chopped up samples in highly wrought simplicity. ‘All In’ closes the album, playing with an almost anthemic extended chord, a hybrid drum beat and chirping bright synth which builds to dominate before dissolving quickly. It is a sharp finish, but the ride is quite exhilarating.

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