Water Tones

by vishnu

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Vishnu's Water Tones is one of those rare albums that does exactly what it intends to do. Utilising an array of very intricate drums and keys, the album name becomes less of a title, and more of a statement of intention. The artist himself describes the release as meaning to "link various musical styles with a similar theme: atmospheric tones inspired by surfing." However, even if you've never dabbled in the art of riding the waves, this album has the immediate effect of evoking the feeling of being adrift in the ocean. Synth lines wash over you like the movement of the tide, while the rhythms and melodies re-create that urgency that comes with embracing the power of the sea.

Each track is at once soothing and exciting, as demonstrated from the album opener Indian Ocean. An intriguing mash of oriental keys and waves of sound that subtly surge towards the listener, it's the perfect introduction. It melds seamlessly into the second track Classical Antiquity, which features some guitar tones that recollect an afternoon spent under palm trees, drinking from coconuts that naturally abound.

Let's not call this an album of background music though, as the influence of modern electronic genres are prevalent throughout its entirety. Halfway through this journey we're treated to a track called Particle Parkour. The drums and seething synths hint at a juke or dubstep event, which never really climaxes in the expected way, imitating the flow and roll of the ocean once again. This is soon followed by Nuances, with its bubbling synths eventually giving way to some introspective dialogue samples, creating the vibe of a new Twin Peaks series that might be set in a beachside village.

Somehow this album seems to reach for the dance floor and the quiet lounge room gathering simultaneously. With the ambient sounds of Dream, which almost epitomises the rolling flow of the tide, and the album closer Wash Away Your Ideals, Vishnu's debut album encapsulates an emotional journey, that ultimately ends like a futuristic guide to just feeling good.

credits

released October 7, 2014

Composed and mixed by Brett Kelly

Mastered by Sameer Sengupta @ Studios 301

Thanks to Jasmin Reddington, Ashley Hosken, Jarrad Orzel, Tristan Simpson, Mei Saraswati and the Community collective!

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Atmospheric Surf Dub from Perth, Western Australia

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