IDM is a fickle mistress, as is experimental EDM. Between determining the best way to make the sounds in a single’s head, having virtually no template to go by and often needing some form of idea to elucidate the weirdness audiences are listening to, it’s solely the bravest souls who toil away on such idea albums. Fortunately, Seattle-based artist Stressed Mosaic has obtained fairly an idea.
The easiest way to grasp mentioned idea is in a video brief story the artist himself created, which is written from the angle of an precise mosaic coming to life and experiencing the world for the primary time. The producer behind Stressed Mosaic, Brandon Islieb, says it’s a relatable expertise so these of us caught in lockdown, final yr and probably nonetheless:
Mosaics are colourful and complicated and expressive, however they’re additionally fastened to the place they’re. For those who have been a mosaic, you’d be stressed – desirous to rise up and discover colours like yours. ‘There’s A lot Left to Discover’ captures that feeling, an important one as a pandemic has grayed the world and left many feeling trapped. It’s about discovering horizons and seeing what’s across the subsequent nook. It’s about feeling freedom for the primary time. It’s made potential by lockdown whereas being lockdown’s pure predator.
It’s a great way to take a look at it, and to look previous the potential ennui of being caught. Regardless of the place you may be caught or for the way lengthy, you by no means know what may be coming subsequent and the appreciation that may come up from that may be top-of-the-line silver linings relating to COVID.
The music that accompanies the video is a monitor from the album, “Tiles on Tiles.” It drives house the purpose of the brief story, written by Rebecca Christiansen, and makes the reader/listener actually really feel the press of the anthropomorphized tiles on these which can be nonetheless caught to the bottom. It’s once more a really relatable expertise, experiencing freedom whereas seeing those that are nonetheless glued down throughout you.
Musically, There’s A lot Left to Discover can also be fairly a mosaic, albeit probably rather more summary in locations than the ideas which can be extra actually described within the likes of “Tiles on Tiles.” Taking inspiration from early rave artists like Orbital, Underworld and Future Sound of London, Islieb suits collectively numerous experimental sound design with IDM-style home and techno tracks. Choices just like the title monitor, “Gyre” and, “Foggy Drain (Saponified)” actually channel that clever vibe whereas nonetheless being danceable, whereas others like “Desert Scorpion” and “You Solely Need Rain As a result of You’re on Hearth” are so experimental that one couldn’t even deign to assign a hard and fast style to them.
There’s A lot Left to Discover is an actual amalgam of types and sounds, however the sonic image they paint collectively is relatable, emotive and fascinating in a method solely an IDM/experimental work may be. There’s no telling the place Islieb will go subsequent with this mission, however relaxation assured will probably be stressed.