Published: March 29, 2013
By: Anand Harsh
There's this stigma about downtempo. That it lacks the energy and panache to really carry a crowd off its feet, to really get people moving. Here's the truth: boring people need constant stimulation. Take an artist like Russ Davies, for example. Could you characterize the music of Abakus as downtempo? Sure, though there's a ton of nu-disco hints, indie house flavor, and it begs the IDM sticker, though that's got its own truckload of stigmas. When it comes down to it, though, one Abakus song bears the emotional intensity of a breakup, enormous heartache, crushing defeat, or a bittersweet moment of somber joy.
Davies is putting the finishing touches on a brand new, dare we say monumental, album of thickly emotional tunes. "Sudden Rush" is a prime example of the type of composition fans will greedily gobble up when Silent Geometry is released on April 4th. There is so much sonic diversity contained in the album, but it's the visceral depth of feeling that unifies the dozen tracks. To elevate the artistic beauty of Silent Geometry, if that's even possible, it's all yours for free. You can have "Sudden Rush" as a free download today, but you're going to be able to get the entire album for free on April 4th, when Davies releases it through artistabakus.com and facebook.com/artistabakus. What a treat!