Adverb is a musical project focused closely on memory, all of JADI’s tracks apparently expressing a moment in its creator’s life. Although what those moments are and what exactly they signify to Mr or Mrs Adverb must remain a mystery… Eight tracks of melodic electro-acoustic ambiences on the first physical release of Etoka Records.
CD on Etoka Records. Edition of 200 copies.
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This record marks the first physical release not only for Etoka Records, but for Adverb themselves. The Spanish producer lends his/her hand to soundtracking their life so far, no small task if the listener doesn’t know you at all, especially if you’re a bit elusive like this one. But Adverb’s toolset of melodic instruments and electronic overdubs is well suited to the theme, with unfolding textures pulling at the heart strings.
It’s a sort of ambient record driven by minimal electronic touches underneath sparse tinkles from pianos, such as in the bleak and secluded first couple of tracks. Organs and electric keys also take it in turns to fill the space, often letting slightly surreal notes ring out between either bliss (‘Illusion of Happiness’ isn’t much of an illusion) or deflatedness. Some tracks are propped up by repetition, as in ‘Dear Departed World’, whose bass cycle is a perfect hypnotism when combined with the constant, major synth string.
Things get a bit more sample-driven later on the album, the memories becoming more distinct but still obfuscated. Snatches of voices can be heard amongst various clanking and tinkling, playing off the serene pianos beautifully. It’s a really nice record, you could wander to this for hours.
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