A favorite thing of mine to do when listening to albums is to mentally track along with the drums, often using my steering wheel as a makeshift snare and hi-hat and the gas pedal as my bass (my ’94 Accord goes). Being the cockmaster that I am, I generally believe I can play along to most songs I listen to; the reality is I rarely get around to doing it, and when I do, I’m hilariously out of time and out of my element. It’s one thing to listen to a song and think you could jam along with it, or perhaps get inspired and, you know, do something worthwhile with your creativity. It’s an altogether different beast, though, to actually go out and act on those influences, to create something fresh that pays homage to your favorites yet isn’t controlled by them, and then put it out for the world to see. Maybe they laugh at it (my drumming), hopefully they groove to it. That’s the difference between electronic artist Depth Connection and myself – I’m content to be the driver’s seat Neil Peart; Depth Connection just released a badass EP that takes hints from Tycho, Lone, and a number of other artists to create a quietly gorgeous amalgam of live studio sounds and finely textured electronic beats.
The brainchild of Colorado native Tanner Lichty aka Sputnik user twlichty (ex-Solterra), Depth Connection describes itself as “a collage of unfamiliar yet soothing electronic sounds which are given an organic sense of life,” largely due to the fluid guitar parts Lichty splices on top of his reverb-drenched production. It’s a production that revels in the deep, dark evolution of a specific atmosphere and mood, where watching the thunderheads slowly roll in as exciting as the torrential synths and bass swells that percolate around Lichty’s guitar embellishments. In short, it’s a promising debut from an artist just getting his toes wet in the scene.
Check out Depth Connection’s five originals and a remix of Light’s “Siberia” on his pay-what-you-want EP Different Waves, available on Bandcamp now. Or take a gander to “Droplets” below if you have no idea what I am trying to say.