Tidal/Rambutan – Split 7.3
This is a mellow drone split. In many ways the two artists complement each other well. On Tidal’s side, it takes on a bit more of a rock-orientated drone similar to that employed by Post-Rock or other elongated bands. For Rambutan’s side there appears to be a lighter, slightly more pastoral quality to the sound. Both together create a pleasant aural atmosphere where notes and rhythm seem to drift; unaware of what may go on around them.
‘Sounds of the Future’, Tidal’s piece, has a heavier emphasis on the low end. Guitars appear to make their way through to the forefront. Everything hovers around for the first two minutes. Lower frequencies make their way through, along with random, muffled noises in the background. We don’t find out what they are. It feels like the piece is a living, breathing thing trying to figure out where exactly it is. This is a more drone based track, judging by the emphasis on the louder sounds (and this is the louder side).
‘Trapdoor to Infinity’ is a mellower piece. Unlike Tidal’s piece, it remains focused on being a tad lighter. There’s less emphasis on distortion. Rather the piece feels less rock-based and more electronic influenced, particularly in its use of synthesizers. Hearing the crackles of the equipment is a particularly nice touch. All of it feels so warm and infinitely likable. Gradually it builds itself up into a hot hazy vibe. Little guitar plucks break on through, toying with the heavier sounds.
Both pieces are positively cheerful. There’s a sense of reassurance with each track. I think of them as a night (Tidal) and day (Rambutan). You need both.