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Sundaze – Trevor J. Crandall

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Jonathan Robinson

21.6.2020

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A simple composition that fins its complexity and its identity in its delivery. Sundaze is the culmination of soft flowing and intertwining instrumental parts, linking into their own sense of narrative.

Sundaze

Fluttering modulation add an intricacy to the hazy pads. Descending melodic work blends into the mix, furthering the subtlety of the work’s deeper musicality. It is a common theme in this genre of electronic arrangement to maintain a particular atmosphere with no great shifts or arcs. To avoid a stale or bland result, more care is taken to breathe life into the present instrumentation. Sundaze excels in translating these factors. 

Where isolating the synth and electric piano sections could be a wallpaper-like wave of niceness, the varied and dynamically aware percussive section keeps the track alive and moving. The drum samples sit somewhere between a Jon Hopkins level of attack and musicality, and an Aphex Twin inspired machine sound. Just human enough to translate an authentic emotional awareness. Just sequenced and glitchy enough to maintain an engaging, overtly electronic aesthetic.

Such praise of the percussion is not to be mistaken for slighted the dynamic mastery of the surrounding instrumentation. Swapping now-familiar melodies with slowly, decaying trails of delayed synths as the track progresses, in combination with sporadic rhythmic vamping on what sounds to be a soft organ. 

The balance of frequencies in the overarching E.Q of the track serves to reinforce the soft blend of instrumental elements. The end result of this is an audible haze over the work. Similar to the melting mids and high one would expect on a Teen Daze record, the definition between the features is perfecrtly slurred. Sitting in contrast to this we have the drier drum and piano sound with a more Sun Glitters approach to the separation of the elements in production.

  • Overall rating: 8.5/10
  • Pairs well with: Awake Tycho

About Trevor J. Crandall

‘Trevor has been creating music since his childhood, he started with bands in middle school and high school, then worked as a music producer and DJ while in college, then took some time off while dealing with some health issues. Now he’s returning to music focused mostly on the production end of things just making music he thinks sounds good in all sorts of genres.’ 

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