Slept On is a new free LP from Madison WI based producter Austin Daase. Some tracks, like the beautiful Next Level, have that important quality errant from many instrumental tracks – the feeling that the song is ‘singing’ to you; it’s impressive when that intangible narrative emerges from simple arrangement and structuring, and it’s something that A.Daase succeeds with often.
it’s impressive when that intangible narrative emerges from simple arrangement and structuring
On the strongest tracks, such as Rebirth, A.Daase manages to steep the spacey electronica sounds, which seem to be very much the sound set du jour, with a brooding, soul filled quality, courtesy of piano and guitar licks that hide inside the thump of the electronic mainframe.
A thorn in the LP’s side, some fairly drastic compression techniques mean the tracks are sometimes lacking in any dynamics, going beyond creative application and becoming slightly disorientating.
In general, though, Slept On is strong effort, and adopting the new music model of providing whole albums for free is both a brave and admirable step for a producer to take. Have a listen…