Dam Mantle — First Wave

The glitch-heavy production only serves to enhance the feeling of life within the tracks, which is the first time I’ve heard that herky-jerky stops and starts have worked that way.

The winner here is “Movement,” which I featured here. A symphony orchestra gets the chopped-up treatment, with the breaks and jumps only serving to make the high points higher. I think this would be a pretty spectacular orchestral, soundtrack-like piece on its own, but it’s even more amazing in its electronic-heavy form.

“Rebong” is a bit more traditional electronic piece, but it still has the same strong sense of melody and life running through its bass and cascading harp. “A Statue That Is Perpetually Unveiled” pulls the same “chopped orchestra” trick as “Movement,” and it works similarly, although with less dramatic power.

For those uninitiated with electronic music (or chillwave, which this resembles, but has much more energy than), the hour length of “First Wave” will be a drag. But for those who dig the sound, it’s a blast to hear Dam Mantle play for that long with a unique sound.

Stephen Carradini

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