May 27, 2024

Proem: Until Here for Years

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Difficult to know with precision where this fits into the pantheon of broken fractured soundscapes, a la Warp Records, but Proem has certainly done a good job of shuffling itself into a nice little nest space somewhere at the heart of it. Dark shuffling sounds, drips and echoes are interspersed with transient moments of musical structure. Slow shuffling beats, keyboard patterns, like insects or eyeless deep sea water creatures, no sooner come into view than move out of it. Proem have created a cave for my head. Fleeting apparitions of Autechre and the Aphex Twin were seen in that cave. It has a sublime trancelike underbelly, the type which kind of puts your brain into gear for some seriously focused writing, which is really what I use trance music for. In this way it serves as a more sedate version of the more aggressive work of Underworld.

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