Imagine if somebody took the entire architectural digital concept-art esthetic and turned it into music: that’s what Herbarium sounds like. Electronic soundscapes inhabited by people who might just be digital drawings. Peaceful and carefully measured pads and with hints of industrial drums make Divine Herba an experience that will change your hopes for the future.
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Originally released right at the end of last year is this little thing, what appears to be Herbarium’s debut, by the folks at Eco Futurism Corp. Think of it like the Friends of the Earth of experimental electronic music. With the help of Genot and ‘Cosmic Sans’, the music has become physical, a tape complete with a shiny elephant token. Don’t even ask.
What you might think will be a bunch of hippy chillout music is in fact more rooted in the style of warped electronics we’d expect from the Software Recordings crew, we’re looking at you Oneohtrix. You and your glitched-out chillwave friends. There’s also a DnB track in there somewhere. Each track is short, averaging two minutes in length, so it’s a sort of set of windows into possible Herbarium musics that flash before your eyes. Ears. The person behind it, whoever they are, is a very talented producer, everything nicely layered and balanced, with luscious beds of melodic texture side by side with electroacoustic-inspired noises hitting you from the left and right.
It’s all pretty rhythmic, so it’s not as far-out as it might seem, but does border with the vapourwave. First and last time I use that word. Goodbye.
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