Located in Chicago, IL, Eli Arcane is a producer, painter, author and photographer. Only in about the last year has he started in journey into music after picking up the program Ableton. Let’s face it with the rise of digital programs like Ableton, Reason and countless other programs claiming to be a “producer” is getting easier and easier. You don’t need to have to know too much to start making music in the aforementioned programs. The issue with the breakthrough in technology is that it has created a saturated market. Everyone is trying to get a piece of the action using a lot of the same tools.
Although Arcane still has a way to go before competing with some of the best producers he is showing some potential on his release Delor. Delor contains five instrumental songs that are atmospheric, slightly experimental and have a foundation in hip-hop.
He opens with “Tropical Agendas” which showcases some of the experimental tendencies of Arcane. Pads illuminate, a sub bass booms as percussive elements propel the track forward. A nice track that is chill and relaxed.
The same could be said for “Angel Pulse.” “Angel Pulse” is a little more straightforward with a more pronounced hip-hip vibe. The song moves along slowly and you could easily imagine someone spitting rhymes over it. “Space Weaver” also veers towards hip-hop. This time around there are some lines but show up ever so briefly. Not even a full verse. As the song progresses there is some dissonance from detuned effects that works well.
By the time “Frontier” and “Memory Shampoo” roll around it's obvious that Arcane is creating a sound. There is a palette of sounds that Arcane uses that feels like you are underwater at times. I know that might sound a bit weird but that's the feeling I was getting after listening to the EP a couple of times through.
Arcane has some skill in the studio but still has a lot to prove. Looking forward to hearing more from this artist.
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