At every turn throughout No Pulse, there is nothing but pulse - the heartbeat of percussion, the rhythm of life, the merging of ideas and sounds into one cohesive melange. This recording is just as much a peek into the tastes and passions that make Sawak tick as it is an exposition of their musical abilities.
Whettman Chelmets - “Alas… The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive”
(Submarine Broadcasting Company)
The eclectic and electrifying Whettman Chelmets worms his way back into your auditory canal by dropping a shortish EP with a longish title and shoe-gazerish feel.
Alas… The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive canters out of the gate with the The Sun is Shining -a merry little dream-pop ditty with a toe-tapping bass and drum section driving the melodic interplay between sparkling guitars and arpeggiating synthesizers.
The interlacing layers of guitar and synth take a pensive and darker tone on the second track Alas -an organic ebb and flow of sound and emotion with the dynamics dictated by a throbbing low end.
Not to leave any part of the album title unused as a track name, the EP ends with You are Still Alive -an ambient dronescape where reverb and delay-saturated guitars clash notes with a celestial drone that rises to a cacophonous yet transcendent crescendo before echoing off into infinity.
Whettman Chelmets never disappoints and his latest release upholds his reputation as a fun but serious composer who can pack a wallop in 20 minutes or less.
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