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|4.5 superb||Alabaster Jones | September 11th 17|
This is a peculiar specimen. On the Bandcamp page for outdamud, the album is half-jokingly tagged as "post-ASMR". I say half-jokingly because there's a substantial amount of time here that uses ASMR to an unexpected and very interesting advantage. Whereas many artists who rely on samples or atmospherics may have small details like the rustling of leaves or cars passing on the highway, Shamana has all of these in ASMR form, and though it would seem irritating, it's actually quite well-designed. The vast majority of it is swamped under heavy bass and watery synthesizers, a style incorporating plunderphonics to a trip-hop/experimental hip-hop, and most of it is only able to slightly tickle the ears. The placement of them is also very interesting, as it seems strategic and related to what the listener is hearing musically as well. The guy has definite skill in producing, and I'm not necessarily sure if this is a unique take on this type of stuff or not, but it is very entertaining and nicely varied and one joy of a listen. Great to see great talent coming through from Cleveland. Go Tribe! (18 straight at the time of writing).
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