The Gilder ~ Mechanical Sea

a closer listen

cover How best to combine electronic dance with modern composition?  In this reviewer’s opinion, the answer is to include real instruments, as are found here, where violin, viola and cello join electric and acoustic guitar and bass.  In the hands of The Gilder , these elements become the meat of a solid dance EP.

A second key is to use the sound of strings as more than adornment.  In other words, a successful blend includes the impression that melodies have been written rather than sampled.  Counter-melodies (especially apparent on “Water’s Edge”) allow listeners to appreciate the fact that Mechanical Sea is more complex than beats and melodies.  The appeal stretches from the club to the living room, making this EP a solid home listening experience.  A nod to classical music via a scratchy sample on “Pig” solidifies the impression.  On this closing piece, a scratch turns into a handclap, a neat…

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