Multi-instrumentalist duo Joanne Hunt and Justin Handley of Silvermouse have a story worth repeating. The musical duo who also happen to be married decided to move to the jungle like hills of Western Peru to raise their kids, make music and more or less live off the land.
In 2013 they made this happen and since then have been working on new songs. I was intrigued how this move might affect their music. I think environment is a very big factor when making music and there is no doubt that is the case here.
They describe the ten songs, a nearly eighty-minute sonic experience of Earthadelik as “love, really,” a transportive work inspired by their current soundscape, sweet tropical air, rich forest floors and spores, roots and sweet fruit surrounding them.
I have to admit this album very much reminded me of my youth. When I was eighteen and nineteen years old I would go to raves in Chicago. The music has all the key ingredients that ravers would look for. What are those ingredients? I would say hypnotic grooves and rhythms are essential and this is one thing this music has. The music is repetitive but also ever changing. It’s like you can sink into the groove while also being able to appreciate the nuances and subtleties.
They create tribal grooves on “Dream Valley” which imparts a symbiotic relationship between nature and technology while the alien textures and pulsating synth on “Existence Experience” are serene and tranquil. One of the highlights entitled “Beef in D Minor” in one of the more unique tracks which surrounds you with disparate sounds that give it a hyperreal quality.
Suffice to say this is a meditative and entrancing music that sounds best on the dance floor. It also should be turned up loud to where you can feel the frequencies of the music travel through your body. Oh and that sub bass needs to be felt as well.
This is an album that hits the heart of rave culture. There is no denying that. I’m sure there are plenty of DJ’s who would spin this. Take a listen.
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