Right, so, if I’m being honest– I’m not really sure how to begin heaping praise upon the standout song, from Bicep’s sophomore album, “Isles,” that dropped last week on Ninja Tune.
With this track, Bicep have provided an answer to a theoretical question that I’ve been asking myself for the better part of seven years, and I’m humbled by the knowledge that they’ve provided me with.
For those who don’t know, naturally, this questions is:
“What might if have sounded like if Autechre had leaned further into the melodic aspects of Tri Repetae and the Garbage EP, as opposed to further owning the leftfield sound?”
Essentially, what might have happened if they pursued color, over texture?
I’ve always imagined that the answer to that question would be both sonically stupefying and/or gorgeous, and this song is indeed, both of those things.
Here, Bicep manages to craft something that you can both STEP to, and COOK to, which is really all I ask of my electronic music.
The song’s bedrock is a stunning menagerie of percussive texture upon which more and more menacing/Vangelis-indebted synths stride atop of the song as it progresses.
The prettiest constant throughout the song is a short vocal motif courtesy of Clara La San. Her whisp-like voice gives the music a heavy dose of the ethereal– not unlike prime-era, (pre-Elon) Grimes.
People who like to dance in the kitchen while they cook?
This song was made to save your LIFE.
In any case, I fully expect I’ll continue to spin this well into the year, and it’s an early contender for 2021’s most infectious groove.
Dig it, dig it, dig it.