Moleskin offers up three new tracks on this 'Satis House' EP, which collects together ideas Moleskin apparently had decided would score the film he was constantly imagining and making bits up of in his mind. You can't see the film, but you can hear the soundtrack: 'Satis House' documents Moleskin's time between Leeds and London and attempts to fill the club music void Moleskin felt to be missing out on.
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- Satis House EP by Moleskin
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 03 September 2014
We all have a daydream from time to time that's so elaborate that for a split second we feel like an underappreciated Scorsese. In the majority of cases, this inspiration will quickly evaporate and be added to the towering 'when I have time and am a millionaire' pile. One occasion for London producer Moleskin was so strong that he started developing it into a film in his head. That's some pro daydreaming. This is the first instalment of 'soundtracks' to that daydream production extraordinaire, a release that relies much more heavily on melody and deeper textures than his last EP on Goon Club Allstars.
Grime this is not. I mean, it begins with a waltz, something Dizzee would never stand for. It's a looping pensive synth melody joined occasionally by some abrasive clunks, bringing Tangerine Dream or Clint Mansell's work on 'Requiem for a Dream' to mind. One downside to this and the EP as a whole is the minimal development per theme - with the absence of moving image, there is only the audio to create a sense of progression, which isn't quite focused enough. The other side is more colourful, with trippy, stutter synths sitting on top of downtempo beats that sure is making me "dance with ms haversham". The basswork could use a little polishing too, especially on B2, where the low end is just too dissonant for the rest of the mix and just jars. Again, this could be an unsettling implication of the film, but without context it has to be taken at face value.
Needless to say, Moleskin has done a great job at creating cinematic themes, which will hopefully get the listener filling in the visual blanks. Man, that imaginary popcorn was pretty delicious.
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