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SOUNDCLOUDSOUNDMOUND 20 : Minimally Invasive

By CUTT GODD, 06/15/2013 - 3:30pm
Scan 450 I split this SCSM.  The 20th installation of this weekly series divides along the minimalist//crowded line.  One part carved out, gutted sounds, one part dense, attacking, layered ones.  Mix those together at high volumes, and you're left with the musical equivalent of that kid who nervously laughs their embarrassment away in front of classmates, and goes home to concoct internet-sourced bomb recipes.  Completely unstable, with two different masks to adorn. A simple, reticent (but not shy) instrumental opens with a pleading sample crying out to the hums of despair emanating, A basement rap mash of sounds bang against one another with no remorse, Vince Staples & Ab-Soul smooth out a simple knock, J-Kwon gets revisited atop a floated cloud (also, why the fuck did he diss Pusha T and Odd Future?), ABGOHARD tries his hand at trap mentality swerving around sounds from ambient fluting to gnawing snare cutts, Danny Brown's "Blunt After Blunt" shifts from hollow dancehall to bleeping drum-craze and back again (exhibiting both minimally-invasive and dense orientations), Pusha T's ESG sample-driven song tracks a spaced and simplified set of sounds (a complexity in simplicity), AMMIT's metallic keys use only a simple hum to construct a reduced trapbience, a haunting horror score follows this to invade us with VHS-skipping aggressiveness, and finally, T-Bruin and Fred Pharaoh's masterpiece involves a heavy density of voices suspended over a wavering instrumental for audaciously-delivered bars. When we think "minimalism", we tend to draw our minds to works that involve few elements.  Here, though, I took it as the significance with which sounds affect us.  Some are sparse, leaving our minds to fill the gaps; in a sense, this makes them dense and complex.  Others are crowded, leaving our minds numb; in a sense, our involvement as listeners is minimal.  A track can shift its sounds as it pleases, giving it a highly complex character, even if each portion uses dispersed sounds.  A track's complexity or simplicity doesn't follow from its set of sounds or even their treatment, it's a function of how we think about the track.  It comes from how the sounds play together and how that resonates with us. ***Make Up Your Minds*** STREAM :

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