Available as a CD or on limited white double vinyl LP through R&S sublabel Apollo. Written and produced at his home studio in Los Angeles Eskmo utilises field samples from the US and around the world as well dipping into string arrangements. Wanting to focus around a narrative Eskmo has created something between Arthur Russell and a strung out Son Lux.
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Ah, the sun again! It must be some sort of distant pagan influence stirring in artists, but electronic musicians seem fascinated with our cosmic life-giver right now. I can sympathise with that though - here in the UK we are all clinging on to that shred of hope that the weather won’t be awful. It’s fine, we just have more tea and stay indoors and grumble. But when it does, there’s this inexplicable gushing of positivity that hits the nation and we smile and leave the house and stuff. This is more of a thing with humans in general probably.
Anyway, I guess I’ve convinced myself that the sun’s rays are actually amazing, and this awe is a prime source of creative juice if you know how to drink it. LA artiste Eskmo manages to capture both its beauty and brutality on Sol, to the point that it probably doesn’t have to be done again. It’s got the guttural synth growl and sample manipulation that Rival Consoles used on his solstice release from last year, Sonne. It’s got a richer sonic palette than that one though, from traditional piano and strings to field recordings, synth texture and cutting beats. There’re vocals in an R&B/soul/bluesy style on a few tracks that wouldn’t be out of place on a Chet Faker record. But this isn’t a Chet Faker record, it’s got actual character, provided in part by a deep and unique production style. Vox get a bit weak towards the end but it’s fine. Other, pitched-up vocals appear at rare earlier moments which we haven’t seen much in electronica since the ‘future garage’ boom 5 years back, the associations with Apollo and Submerse etc. too obvious. This and the use of toms as melodic beat elements hark back to Koreless (again, see ‘Sun’ from 2013’s Yugen) with touches of Call Super.
Yes, another one about the sun, but the sun is great, and Eskmo is a crazy talented producer - check this out.
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