The mysterious Close Relative drops Walrus', his second EP, on Adam
Beyer's Truesoul imprint which also released his debut 'Salt'.
Close Relative is the alter ego of a still anonymous but well-established techno
producer, exploring a more nature-inspired, melodic, intriguing musical side, and this
sea-themed three-tracker will make you glad you're 60% water. Ranging from
melodic techno to a more ambient mood, it'll bring contemplative joy to dreamy
summer festival sets or private concentrated listening.
'Walrus' has soft bongo beats with synth behind them, wavy chords and high notes
giving a spacey, undersea feel. The breakdown brings jittery pizzicato strings
building in arpeggios, speeding up from the drop as the melody comes forward like
organ notes in a submerged cathedral.
"Shell' is multi-layered, full of surprises and more rave than wave. An insistent,
accelerating beat, long streamers of silvery melody, give way to an epic breakdown
of reverb riffs rising from dark depths. The drop brings jazzy notes, merging with the higher melody to full-on orchestral dance fuel.
"Sea Horse' features gentle chords growing through water-drop percussion and foot- tapping beat, with hypnotic female vocal notes beginning in the first breakdown. The second brings a slow but quickening portentous synth, to end in a sweet and salty melody.
Whoever he is, Close Relative has made quite a splash so far, with no doubt more
goodness to come