Review Summary: The perfect EP for daydreaming.
Many of you may know Clams Casino from various songs of ASAP Rocky and Lil B and think that he makes good beats and think nothing else of it. You shouldn’t. Clams Casino is much more than that and this EP, “Rainforest”, proves just this. He is able to free himself of the rappers that once restrained him and create something more melodious and beautiful than he ever could have done otherwise.
Rainforest is a fairly short affair, clocking in at about 18 and a half minutes long, but that works perfectly to the EPs advantage. It does not drag on endlessly and the tracks stand out more than they would have on a longer release. The EP also is much more focused than “Instrumental Mixtape”, which he released earlier in 2011, because, well, it’s not just the instrumental track behind various Lil B, Soulja Boy and ASAP Rocky songs. This EP paints a hazy lush green landscape with its fuzzy lo-fi production and relaxing melodies. Many of the tracks, for example “Natural” and “Treetop”, have a strange bouncy, dreamlike effect to them that makes you feel as if you are floating down a river. Songs like “Gorilla” and “Drowning”, however, are a little more oriented in his typical hip-hop production style than the other songs on the EP. They almost seem like they were beats but he decided to keep them for this EP. Although “Gorilla” and “Drowning” are weaker than the rest of the EP they are still solid but do wear down on you more than the other tracks and don’t have a huge replay value to them.
Overall this is a fantastic little EP. Although it is much different than his other works it is stronger and has more emotion. Although it does have 2 weaker tracks it is still powerful and atmospheric. If you want some amazing music to relax to or just want to hear some good new music then you should check out “Rainforest” by Clams Casino because you will be hearing about him a lot more in the future.