Wolf Solent is solo artist and multi-instrumentalist Danny Barton. Originating from York, Barton learned his trade playing guitar, bass and drums in various garage and psych bands. Recorded and performed entirely by Barton at his home studio in 2014, ‘EP 2’ consists of seven, moody psychedelic garage pop songs with the subtle vocal sitting quietly behind a complicated arrangement of guitars and feedback.
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Danny Barton’s newest EP is seven tracks, or thirteen minutes, of perish rock. Recorded in the deepest depths of the bedroom lo-fi galaxy, his work as Wolf Solvent always sounds like it’s crumbling and he’s watching it from a safe distance; his distorting whispers scatter around the arrangements for drum machines, screeching shitgazed guitars and disconfigured ambience, as if totally resigned to the implosion taking place before him. If he can get a couple of jams out of it, then fine.
These songs are brief and to the point, rarely making it over the three minute mark and instead focusing on the confusing, echoing atmosphere they conjure up. The process is heard in the music, as on the one minute squawk of “On Rain”, which positions a shattering industrial drumbeat against trembling strings and squealing noise -- at the end of the quick experiment, we can hear Barton press a button, turn off his machinery and move on to the next nugget.
Barton is a master of spacial awareness, able to make his music utterly claustrophobic or far-flung; “No Sunshine”, a miniature ambient piece, sees archaic chords float around an ether of echoing organic percussion, creating the feeling that there’s an infinite landscape out there to explore, even if we only get to hear fifty seconds of it. With Wolf Solvent, Barton suggests that it’s not always the music we hear that matters, but what happens after it’s gone.
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