Eclectics has been quietly getting on with the business of releasing essential music for over a year now, establishing itself as a label that has quality as the only constant in a wide-ranging back catalogue. This latest release is no exception, but that’s not to say it isn’t exceptional. All the way from Daytona Beach in Florida, Justin Weems aka Faint Waves, brings music to fall for in a big way.
“Paradise Lost” begins with metronomic bongos before a pillow of bass provides the softest of landings for the incoming, chiming notes to fall on. A softly plucked guitar picks up the melodic themes, busy without rushing, it’s all about pace, not haste. It’s music that is truly transportative, evoking rich summer sunsets, gentle breezes and utter contentment.
The Dream Chimney dub mix of “Paradise Lost” shows a very different side with drums and handclaps that are full of 80s pop and true Balearic spirit. The keyboards and guitar of the original appear as echoed moments, pinballing around the song as you sway from side to side aware of nothing but the music and your own grin. Music for the self, not the selfies.
Anthony Puglisi, otherwise known Rollmottle (SENTRALL RECORDS), ratchets things up further still with a remix of “Sea of Dreams” that moves from a twitchy, insistent beginning to arpeggiated bassline bliss. The deep, slow-hammer of the low register adds an urgency to proceedings that engages the listener with the original elements in an entirely different way. In other words, it’s exactly what a remix should be.
eclectics release ec0007 by Faint Waves on 6|08|2018
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