Lower Spectrum - Traces EP
A beautiful collection of downtempo electronica.
It's almost hard to believe there is music like this coming out of my hometown. At a time when everyone's doing the trap/half-time/bouncey/wavey beats thing (and quite often doing it well, mind), Traces, the new EP from Fremantle-via-Melbourne producer Lower Spectrum is a breath of fresh air. We covered the first single from it, Khlever, A FEW WEEKS AGO, and now the full release is available via iTunes/Bandcamp, with options for a purchase on clear vinyl for the purists out there. And to be honest this is something I'd like to have in physical form - it's the kind of music best put on and left on, a six-track journey for your ears and mind.
I mentioned it before (basically because it's the only comparison I can draw upon), but it has some very Nicolas Jaar-esque vibes about it that I am completely in love with. Opener Levity grows and grows into a brilliant drum breakdown, Hex is all dark and dirty '80s sci-fi cinema soundscapes, and the delicate keys on Glimmer are golden. Here's the Bandcamp embed below, and I recommend HEADING THERE and grabbing the whole thing for a little over a dollar a track - you won't be disappointed. You can catch him live at The Bird in Perth, August 9; Flyrite in Northbridge, August 15 (RTRFM's Radiothon Launch Party); The Toff In Town, Melbourne, August 16; and finally at BIGSOUND, Fortitude Valley, September 10.