Monday, September 9, 2013

Easily Suede issues rhythmic sound collage digital LP

Posted By on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

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  • ADAM BABAR

As the unending pile of evidence shows, the members of Faun and a Pan Flute never seem to rest, recording some of the most engaging and stylistically-varied sounds coming out of Atlanta. As Easily Suede, Adam Babar, who serves as one of two Faun guitarists, has been a behind-the-scenes mastermind of sorts, recording dosed but coherent sketches of musique concrète that stumble in and out of multiple genres. Recently released via his Primitive Patterns label (Faun, Magicicada), Easily Suede's latest offering comes in the form of Reliefs, a nine-song set of carefully but impulsively sampled grooves. Take an immersive listen through headphones and each number reveals nods to high-minded sonic explorers such as Christian Marclay, Philip Glass and Steve Reich; crate-digging hip-hop producers like Madlib and DJ Shadow; audio anthropologists Matmos, and skittering, modern electronica synthesists like Four Tet. Ultimately, Reliefs highlights Babar's effortless, almost accidental approach to capturing audio impulses and shaping them into multi-faceted sonic sketches that function on a number of levels: headphone pop, hip-hop instrumentals, audio pranks, ethereal ambient, and the list goes on.

As Babar explains:

"Reliefs is kind of an audio journal of the year 2012. I spent the better part of the year recording it and each track references inside jokes and snippets of my friends from candid recordings on my phone, or inebriated Voxer threads from throughout that year. I have been sitting on the album for about 10 months now hoping it would eventually hatch into a cassette release, but going on tour with Faun and a Pan Flute plus the costs of living have kept me perpetually broke. The entire album was recorded on little-to-no budget. All the tracks were recorded direct into the microphone jack on my laptop, recorded and mixed using Audacity, and mastered by Atlanta pop-smith David Norbery in exchange for a bottle of whiskey."

Stream Reliefs below:

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