Nmesh - Sparks!
Label: Not On Label (Nmesh Self-released) - SBR065 • Format: 8x, File MP3, EP, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: Breaks, Abstract, Leftfield, IDM
With the eight-track Sparks! After all, the next Throwback Thursday is about to come. This EP, however, is something more than just that, while simultaneously seeming to be even less : three full tracks are gathered in-between five frilly interludes, and even though the amount of short vignettes and sumptuous segues has risen due to shorter attention spans and the evocation of arcade Nmesh - Sparks! memorabilia, the Sparks! EP is neither a freeloader nor a copycat, let alone a ripoff, Nmesh - Sparks!
a rejuvenating tour de force in hindsight. How does the ebullient EP fare, and why has it been reissued today? While this has anything to do with the music itself, the attached page digital Glitch booklet of yesteryear is still able to translate the music into petrified motion pictures. And this leads indeed to the third important pillar: the melodies! Be they aeriform, heterodyned or antediluvian, they sure as heck compliment the raging storm of hotplate welding, heating loop recirculation pumps and steel mill recalcitrance.
The EP opens with Dart In Your Neck which, given the nature of the simian exclamation Nmesh - Sparks! in the prelude, could have been called Nmesh - Sparks! entirely different, more concupiscent. The opener is a filthy beast anyway, supercharged with asphyxiating tap dance rhythms of the caustic kind, helicopter-oid rhythm shifts, clan chief Nmesh - Sparks! repeating the title of the EP ad infinitum and other turmoils.
A wondrously humane inclusion in a mephitic anathema. Coming up next, and being in the epicenter of it all: Star-Mummya metallic midtempo mistress sharing the phylogenetic propensities of the EP by pouring them into a bilious anhydride comprised of pitched punctilio Punk, Stadium Rock bursts, four-note Space-Age pulses and vibraphones hued in galactosamines.
The last third meanwhile radiates reverberated choirs, Eydie Gorme* - Gormé Sings Showstoppers polyfoil hoarfrost rivulets and — thank God — another saltatory pattern of Rave memorabilia, ultimately making this an amniotic suntrap after all. They are interludes, tidbits, unused thickeners of existing micas.
These belittling thoughts notwithstanding, Nmesh still manages to amplify their meaning: what they lack in length, the gain in reliability and catchiness, letting the reviewer beg for extended versions more often than not. Byzantina is an electrifying Futurefunk fusillade made of wonky two-note synth blebs, moaning coquettes, a bone-crushing beat and a runout phase similar to a longitudinal ventiduct complete with apocryphal solar winds and zestful zoetropes.
I see dolphins Nmesh - Sparks! the sky. I feel loved. And I hear Scatman John, I swear! EP is what you would call an IDM epithelium, and hey, if that IDM term causes your blood pressure to rise due to its omnipresence, lost meaning and overabundant use, then may I suggest the equally dissatisfying guttersnipe called Vaporwave? The Vaporwave marker everyone loves or despises so much can indeed be applied to the Sparks!
EP as well, albeit with the wisdom of hindsight. You say nay? After all, the artist himself describes this here EP with the following words: "It sounds like a koala bear crapped a rainbow in your brain. Like or Gloria In Excelsis - Vivaldi* / Pergolesi* • The Choir Of Kings College Cambridge* • The Academy Of the term IDM, there is a shared sentiment encapsulated in the Sparks!
EPnamely the tendency to enjoy the sudden appearance of a polyhedric melody; a melody which suddenly makes the steampunk riots and Shoegaze dungeons not only bearable, but conversely blissful. A lapse of time? A lapse of taste? Originally published on Feb. Ambient Review Archive. Vaporwave Vapor Vertebrae. Review Archive. Exotica Latest Reviews. Further listening and reading: You can purchase and stream the Sparks! EP at Bandcamp.
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