Painted Girl - Familiar Trees of the North West
Familiar Trees of the North West
May 22, 2022
Problems starts with a moody sample. The organic nature of its surroundings is immediately apparent. The lace thin percussion whisps around the rhythm and melody. The guitar sound is crystal clear, deep and mellow but also high and poppy, a perfect balance.
We are led unawares straight into the bass line by drum samples swaying one side to the other. Every element in the track is malleable. Again, the synthesis of the bass changes and shifts when it needs to. Squelchy in parts of the loop where we are lifted above the lower frequencies, then hunkering down, becoming grounded and submerged at the start of every revolution.
It’s not all the time you get this sort of track. A joy to listen to intimately, as well at a party or DJ set. The amorphous nature of it lending to its flexibility.
HR6 doesn’t play about, throwing us straight into the maelstrom, achieving a heavy and moving track with crystalline instrumentation. Infectious throughout, the atmosphere created undeniably saddles between sonically interesting and unbearably rhythmic.
LV46 cuts a moodier vibe still. HR6 opting for dark organ chords and a bright piano sound for the melody. The drum pattern revolves, joined by a chirping sawtooth, rising and falling. The Alien sample emerges, jarring the listener slightly, but the tightness of the track refuses to dissipate. The piano sound and the whistling synth weave between perfectly levelled orchestral hits.
The production of each track so intricate, set on such a subconscious level that it’s hard to decide whether you are listening to a complete reinvention of the dark, garage-y aesthetic of an MJ Cole or Wookie, or you are listening something more abstract that demands complete focus and attention. Your ears settle on both, and an unsettlingly pristine listening experience is had.
The Alien sample re-emerges. The comparison is corny but relevant, each track moves with a slick schizophrenic brilliance. Whispy clouds of percussion are sucked through stalwart, heavy bass in an instant. Emotive vocals (in the case of Problems) are sped and timed perfectly to fit with the rhythmic style of the track. Sounds bend to the producers whim, making for an engaging experience.