Throwing Snow
Mosaic


3.6
great

Review

by Will Robinson STAFF
May 27th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 06/02/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What gorgeous chrome and silver can sound like

Throwing Snow’s Mosaic is unimpressive in its impressiveness. It’s tough to pinpoint anything specifically wrong here, as the album is generally made up of gorgeously-woven material with carefully roughed-up edges. Indeed, Throwing Snow’s beautifully eerie soundscapes are delectable at best and merely unimpressive at worst. The LP’s brilliant sheen is jaw-dropping, the result of countless hours of tinkering with sonic architecture and molding timbres and tonalities. It’s impossible to listen to “The Tempest” and not be hypnotized by the static-drenched roars of cymbals and the sharp, disorienting plucked strings giving way for a wonderfully austere backdrop for Adda Kaleh’s weightless vocals. The way the tune grows and blooms displays a producer comfortable with his craft, willing and able to tend to the finest nuances of every beat, every muted arpeggio.

The only unsettling bit is related to the sheen itself: somewhere along the way, it feels like Mosaic’s soul got left behind. That’s not to say the music is vapid in its soullessness - and, really, you’d be hard-pressed to find more than a few empty moments over the entire 51-minute runtime. Rather, the human element so many producers strive for doesn’t really exist here. The opus is conducted with an ice-cold metal hand instead of one made of flesh: the human quirks that make very similar electronic music so appealing have no place on Mosaic.

Which, obviously, can be fine (and even desirable) at times, and part of the allure of futuristic techno is how machinistic it all feels. However, the things many of the best cyberkinetic tunes accomplish run perpendicular to many of Mosaic’s nagging flaws. Rather than pushing the limits of what can be constituted as original, lively composition and music by utilizing repetition, simplicity, and brute force, Throwing Snow seems to be aping much of what innovative releases in the past have done, combining disparate influences without adding that final sprinkle of individuality. Opening track “Avarice” feels much like a coarser Black Sands-era Bonobo hip-hop masterpiece, clarinet and strings colliding with brutally abrasive bass. It’s a good track, make no mistake, but it sort of feels like it’s going through the motions, a carefully-assembled song that any number of artists could have made.

Hearing the issues plaguing Mosaic is terribly disappointing, especially given how good the album truly is. It’s tough to expound upon what makes the album so enjoyable because so much of where it succeeds is the many different ways it flows sweetly through the ears of the listener. The tinkling bells in “Linguis,” the pads in “Draugr,” the liquid drums of “All The Lights” are all impressive individually, and the wonderful contrasts between serene and harried abundant on the album are truly spectacular. However, just as Mosaic flows in easily, it flows out the same way. Though I hate to label music as breathtakingly beautiful as this “background music,” it simply doesn’t command enough attention to be anything more.




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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2014


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Stream is up: http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/20028/1/stream-throwing-snows-inventive-debut-
album

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YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2014


1687 Comments


Really good review, and that embedded track rules. You've inspired me to write one today ; )

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2014


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Haha, looking forward to reading it!

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2014


7159 Comments


I listened to that Pathfinder EP and really liked The Tempest but the rest didn't do much for me.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2014


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Yeah, all his songs are pleasant at least but this is a (very good) hit-and-miss album for me if that makes sense

WashboardSuds
May 27th 2014


5043 Comments


nice review, this sounds like it'd be a part of my musical diet though it sounds like it'd be a polarizing listen!

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2014


31620 Comments


Would never listen to Throwing Snow and think of futuristic techno. And I really liked this as well

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Phlegm
May 28th 2014


5582 Comments


cooool !

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ShitsofRain
May 28th 2014


5956 Comments


future techno

you havent heard of it?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2014


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

mostly the "future techno" bit was to say "hey, machines can be ok" even though this is like completely opposite end of the musical spectrum

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2014


6515 Comments


Ooooooh must check! This guy's previous EPs were really solid.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2014


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Stream is up, link in 1st comment

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2014


10383 Comments


i *liked* the song you linked from this album, but i dunno man it feels very sterile. it's the same kinda problem i have with bonobo sometimes, that the music feels so polished that i have issues pulling much from it. maybe this kinda stuff just isn't for me

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2014


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

yeah and Bonobo's like infinitely better. I see what you mean, and that's part of the reason it didn't score higher, it's well-made but in terms of soul it's just a bit lacking

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2014


2719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya'll crazy- soul all up in this

JasonCarne
June 2nd 2014


447 Comments


This sounds pretty cool. I don't listen to much stuff like this so I don't really have a measuring stick here, but I dig it.

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Azn.
June 2nd 2014


5618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like the embedded track

ExplosiveOranges
June 3rd 2014


3893 Comments


I've been trying to get into more electronic stuff lately, and this seems kinda interesting. Great review, dude.

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Negator
June 4th 2014


794 Comments


this is dope



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