High Lucia is the multi-directional ambient project of Pále, being released on Lex. 'Wash' is comprised of soundscapes of varying emotive quality, simple basslines and small vocal contributions from Joshua Idehen and Shanaz Dorsett, as well as percussion and synth from Pále. The result sounds like a set of productions that will be eaten up by those who love to listen to original Friendzone and Clams Casino tapes.
- Park Vista
- Dark Ages
- Riding Fine, Twenty Five
- Dull Reverie
- Opal/Forever ft. Joshua Idehen & Shanaz Dorsett
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 04 September 2014
Post-driftstep's not dead! Here's a delicious mini-album of woozy basspop/trip-hop concoctions full of mumbly vocals, smudgy synths and slo-mo beats, tailor made for those who are getting restless waiting for something new from Clams Casino or Balam Acab. "Multi-directional ambient" says the press release.
There's touches of Washed Out-ish sunbleached synthpop here too, particularly on the (marginally) crisper tracks such as 'Dull Reverie' where breathy synth drones are met by even breathier vocals while the drums do a weird reverbed sweepy sound that sounds breathy too. The thudding beat cuts out halfway through for a few moments and it's like the floor's been whipped away from under your feet only for you to realise you're weightless.
The last track on each side is a slight departure from the formula. 'Riding Fine, Twenty Five' on side A mixes dreamy electronics with some Knopfler-esque guitar twiddling, while closer 'Opal/Forever' has some laid back rhymes from Joshua Idehen and some soulful crooning from Shanaz Dorsett and generally a crisper more hip-hop influenced sound. A slick and smudgy EP that goes down real smooth.
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