Nathan Fake - Sunder

by Joseph Majsterski Rating:7 Release Date:2018-02-23
Nathan Fake - Sunder
Nathan Fake - Sunder

Nathan Fake has been cranking out music for about a decade now, ranging around a lot of territory in the electronic realms. With his latest little EP, Sunder, he's gone very old school. His website says everything was "recorded on an old Marantz tape deck, Jupiter 6, broken Akai drum machine and a Yamaha Reface DX", and you can really hear the vintage oozing out of every track.

It actually took me a while to get into this set, as it wasn't quite what I was expecting. Repeated listens really helped to unearth the richness of the music. The first two tracks, 'Sunder' and 'Arbaibh' have an ultra-classic,  proto-IDM sound that would make them comfortable fits on early AFX or Autechre: muted, echoing beats combined with diaphanous melodies and long, drawn out synth pads with just a bit of scratchiness for texture.

'Serotonin Drops' goes spelunking deep underground, with more of a crystalline style. You can hear the drops though, liquid bits of sound plopping into the rhythms. 'Cloudswept', on the other hand, adds some jazziness and a more vibrant, upbeat synth. And final track 'Lea' is nicely spaced out, with fractal melodies unfolding endlessly through wondrous permutations. It has an even stronger retro feel, pushing itself back into the Raymond Scott experimentation of the 1960s.

There's nothing here that hasn't been done before, but it's still a solid set that works well as an homage to the dawn of a great era in electronic music back in the early 1990s. Anyone who's a fan of the IDM masters will definitely enjoy it.

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