Complimenting the long-awaited release of his sophomore LP, Song for Alpha, Daniel Avery presents the Projector EP along with a striking, monochromatic video for EP track ‘Glass’, directed by Tom Andrew & Sam Davis and filmed at the London producer’s recent sold out all night long date at London’s historic York Hall.
Following the lead of ‘Projector’ itself, praised by Q for “the almost 3D presence of [its] globular, lava-lamp mutations,” the record transitions into the first exclusive cut, ‘Shadow Mountain’. Soft in texture and bathed in ethereal feedback, a glitching, transfixing synth line gradually reveals itself as the spine of the piece.
Throughout ‘Glass’, an intimate, breathy vocal sample contrasts with a more industrially tinged base of heavily processed drums. Influenced by Song for Alpha’s embrace of the small hours, in Avery’s words “the light emerging from the darkness”, both tracks conjure an almost overwhelmingly tender atmosphere, rich in the hazy strains of rave history.
On the more experimental ‘REHBGBV4367’, the seams of Avery’s influences lap against one another in a steady crescendo of beautiful yet beatless noise, dissipating into ambience. Expanding on the delicate core ideas at the centre of his creative ethos, the EP invites listeners on a further excursion of transient, psychedelic bliss.