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Listen: CONCLΔVE – “Crystal Skies”

12 Apr

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Back to the land of the thousand islands we head today, to be reunited once more with the 23 year old beatsmith, Conclave. We haven’t learnt any more about him since we featured the dark and dextrous “Melted” back in February, but he has subsequently released a couple of new tracks online.

“Ocean Star” has that distressed feel, like stone washed electronica with Lana Del Rey vocals, while his latest, “Crystal Skies” (which you can stream below) continues the theme. There is no LDR styling here though, but distant and echoey vocals calling out from afar, trying to reach for the deep piano sounds and glitchy, sci-fi electronics.

Moving within shadows, the vocals evoke just the faintest feeling of Dev Hynes’ Blood Orange persona with an almost imperceptible underground seediness lingering in the darkness. It is sedate, haunting and atmospheric, music to soundtrack the oncoming dusk as day begins to fade into night.

Both “Ocean Star” and “Crystal Skies” will feature alongside “Melted” and another, yet to be released track, “Siren”, on Conclave’s forthcoming Night Oasis EP.


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Listen: CONCLΔVE – “Melted”

21 Feb

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Sometimes we get emails from artists that contain an inordinate amount of biographical detail and press quotes that border on the ostentatious they are so effusive. Not all are like that of course, most are very well balanced but occasionally we get some that say practically nothing at all.

Like the email we received from Conclave who’s bio proclaimed him to be a “23 year old beatsmith from the land of the thousand islands”. Which, according to Google, could put him in the Adriatic Sea just off the coast of Croatia, in Indonesia or possibly by a salad. Further digging revealed little, other than he proclaims to ”bake beats” and works in the ‘calm/chaotic’ music genre.

“Melted” falls into the calm scene, but with a foreboding, twisted bassline that shudders and vibrates underneath skittish beats and a simple piano melody, reminiscent of Mezzanine era Massive Attack. It’s quite a dextrous piece of electronica with its darkness balanced by soft, glacial vocals, here provided by collaborator and lyricist, Berna So. Who cares where he comes from when it sounds this good?

”Melted” will feature on a forthcoming Conclave EP.


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