Monday, 11 June 2012

North Bay - Guest Post

As any of you who have been following us for the last couple of months will know we have fallen head over in heels in love with almost anything the young Oxfordian North Bay has touched, so we thought we would bring him in for a guest post; here is what he had to say.

I was listening to a minimix/podcast thing by some music blog, and it was all fairly middle of the road and uninspiring, that is until the gorgeous piano loop, which forms the bedrock of this track, chimed in. In a lot of ways it’s a stupidly simple song, it uses essentially the same chord progression throughout, there’s only one line of lyrics, which is repeated sporadically during the song, no real distinction between chorus/verse/bridge/anything else. Yet despite all these things I’m left entirely transfixed for all 304 seconds of the track, which is due to all the glistening layers and guitar shimmers floating in and out of the song. If I were to try and describe it to you, it’s a bit like Bombay Bicycle Club’s Shuffle mashed with Clock Opera, which in my eyes is quite the compliment. Also it’s worth listening to it until the very end, if you do then maybe you’ll understand why I always end up picturing a small Japanese girl, performing disruptively at a spelling bee.

If you don’t know who/what Slow Magic is, don’t worry, no one does. As far as I’m aware, he still hasn’t revealed his true identity to the world, he simply jives about wearing the mask from Crash Bandicoot, and makes really intelligent chillwave. To start with, this track feels like it could develop into a pounding, electro dance number, but before you get carried away, it breaks down into a poignant set of piano chords, before building back up to the initial riff. Loads of chillwave artists have emerged over the last few years, a lot of them are excellent, some aren’t, but I have to say Slow Magic is definitely one of the most original and exciting out there.

It was ridiculously difficult to decide which track to put choose here, because quite frankly he’s put out two EP’s, and they’re both stunning from start to end, but this one is probably my favourite. EWOK FUR is the moniker for Sven Weisse, a producer who takes a lot of influence from African and tribal beats, which he then combines majestically with beautiful guitar melodies and textured loops. I can’t recommend EWOK FUR enough, especially seeing as all his material is free to download on his bandcamp page.