Human components based on the electronic and DIY movement have found a home with Erik Saak. Based out of Oklahoma, Saak has been a musical prodigy since he was 10. Composing on the piano, then on guitar and strangely yet sufficiently he transferred his craft to electronic based productions. He mixed and mastered his EP Aural Motion in his own home. While Saak describes that he is still working on the nooks and crannies of producing music out of your home, it has nonetheless been a worthwhile experience. While he's been congratulated on a John Lennon Song Writing award for his song "The Longest Journey," and being a husband and father, he has also been working in the graphic and retail-designing department during the day. This man is a true day and night shape shifter.
The Ep starts with "Through The Myth" which is held down by a basic drum beat that leaves room for the airy, often persian sounding synths to swirl in the air. "Machine Dreams of Flying" is a bit more crammed and has a bit more going as synths, bells, and other noises compete for space within the frequency spectrum. The most ethereal song on the album "Float" utilizes cascading piano to differentiate itself from the other songs. Closing the album is "Above The Below" which had the most memorable melodies on the EP.
Involving myths, dreams and ending his EP on a high note, this euphoric (yet to be critically acclaimed) release has the perks to be a close representation of the great master, Brian Eno. Although this instrumental set could be classified as ambient, I just feel that there is another genre to be found that could represent this even more so. A hint of dark and light, wanting to rage against the very thought of night and day, seems to be what "Above the Below," registers. If this is what can be completed and dreamed up in a household, I could only bear to think what could be constructed if Saak used the resources of a studio outside of his home. The results could be spectacular and yet a few collaborations might be in mind. Trust in DIY, that movement is what will save our musical knowledge and Saak is often ahead of the rest
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