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Album Review: FM R IZ – The Sheep & The Slaughter

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Electronic music producer, Craig Caudill aka FM R IZ (pronounced “Ephemeris”) has been close to the world of letters, and surprisingly he is inspired by literary resources in order to create new melodies. Poetry is still his great passion but experimenting with art in different ways seems to be part of his life. I believe this is how FM R IZ brings forward all of his mind’s creativity. I can assure you his new album ‘The Sheep & The Slaughter’ is just that, experimental music that will satisfy those of you who are fans of Electronica, and more specifically, Ambient music.

Here we have 14 tracks in total, some of them were named interestingly, and what they shared in common is the cinematic flavor. Most of these songs feature a minimal stripped back instrumentation and no vocals, however, there are few exceptions. If you are ready to stream this album, I suggest you close your eyes and prepare yourself to explore a new sonic dimension.

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Check out my track-by-track review below:

1 – Maripoza Translated into English as “butterfly”. The album opener is a little monotonous but magically it features hypnotic soundscapes, reducing the amount of tension in the human body.

2 – Who Is Watching You?  You’ll notice mysterious pumps throughout this track, which are in effect related to the song’s title. You may feel this is a little bit dark.

3 – The Hunted FM R IZ creates a beauty eerie ambiance, and as a result of his experimentations the track has a really well spooky vibe.

4 – So Long Wave Indeed this is the album’s longest song. The most prominent elements are the delicate synth chords and the repetitive pounding beats.

5 – This Aeon  An original production! I simply like the futuristic sound design it possesses. It could serve also as the theme for a Sci-Fi film.

6 – Topaz Frontier 2 If I’m not wrong, this is the only track that features vocals, but it sounds more like a dialogue from a space mission… Too much sound effects in my opinion but I think is an authentic track from the album.

7 – Offshore Accounts There’s a chord sound progression like in the rest of the tracks, but this one sounds a bit louder due to the uncontrolled use of beeps and other electronic rhythms.

8 – The Sheep & The Slaughter A rich electronic composition, where the persistent beats and creepy sounds will transport the listener to an industrial/ambient odyssey.

9 – A Flower Named Dagger I enjoyed the relaxing sound, FM R IZ definitely wants you to chill with this Downtempo gem.

10 – Faded Memory Stains I think this is the most Minimal track from the whole album, as there are just few Electronica elements that can be heard. It requires more dynamism in my opinion.

11 – Raw Sushi Bar Blended with industrial and tribal sounds, you might like this intriguing tune. I’m loving this now. 🙂

12 – A Paid Actor Loud synths vary from second to second, somewhat futuristic but at the same time noisy.

13 – Pure Air In A Can This is totally perfect! Again another great relaxing song, I don’t know why it reminds me of Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack.

14 –  Bonus Track: Wind Through Tall Grass Sometimes, I love to use my imagination while I listen to music, just visualize how the wind blows through the grass and experience the mental state of Nirvana thanks to the beautiful last song.

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Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Captivate Yourself With Mike Kepri’s Smooth Electronic Music

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Not so long ago, Mike Kepri debuted his first single “Prismatic Travel” via the major streaming platforms. As its title suggests, get ready for taking a sonic trip into his smooth electronic music. The French producer’s favorite hobby started 20 years ago. Nowadays, he truly enjoys creating unique soundscapes more than ever before.

“Prismatic Travel” incorporates layers of suspense, plus, a gratifying chill atmosphere. Certainly, Mike is making his mark as an innovator by not setting aside his passion for his synth-based melodies. I’m not sure if songs like “Prismatic Travel” will fit mainstream radio stations, however, there are a lot of listeners eager to deeply relax with his cosmic sounds. Listen in full below, more than one will feel captivated!

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Meet Kinesus, The Creative Mind Behind Cinematic Electronica

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Cambodian-American music producer, Kinesus makes the difference with his cinematic electronica melodies. Undoubtedly, imagination plays an important role in his compositions. Especially when he invites listeners to make their own interpretation of his well-executed atmospherics.  With almost 20 years of experience making music, Kinesus shows no sign of slowing down. Moreover, his creativity is reflected in soundscapes influenced by vintage films, sci-fi stuff, New Wave and even old Hip-Hop records. As a result, you can tell originality is what prevails in his artistic soul.

Down here you can listen to a preview of his next single, “Tomorrow Goes On”, which will be out on February 7th, 2020. Just as his previous releases, this seems to be the ideal laidback music, perfect to help you wind down at the end of the weekend. Stay alert for more exciting news soon!

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Rising Artist Tsunano Releases Music Video Filmed In Hong Kong

Tsunano is a rising artist from Asia who has signed to Universal Music France and is currently promoting the music video for “Educational”.

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is a rising artist from Asia who has signed to Universal Music France and just released the music video for “Educational”. Filmmaker, Hugo Carlier provides great aesthetics and cultural context through the visuals, which took place at Kowloon, an urban area in Hong Kong. Best of all, there’s a nice speech at the intro of the clip in defense of feminism. Musically speaking, you can tell this tune seems to be influenced by Disclosure. Besides that, you will enjoy the way he blends electronic beats, rapid-fire rap verses, and falsetto tones. Little by little, he has gained the support of the local and international dance music community. On a side note, he became the first Chinese talent to perform at Tomorrowland. Eventually, he toured across Europe in events such as Storm Festival, ADE, etc.

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The Most Comfortable Remix For Your Ears Produced By Báhkin

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Generally speaking, when we hear remixes, we can easily imagine an upbeat alternative that differs from the original. Nevertheless, today you can discover the most comfortable remix ever produced. With over 30 years of experience in the electronic music field, Londoner producer Equalisation gave Báhkin the green light to deliver a much-needed treatment of chill-out music on “Know How”.

As a result, try to think of Moroder meets Vangelis but with an updated modern sound. Following a hypnotic melody that goes in crescendo mode, vibes give off relaxing effects to ease you into an imaginative listening experience. For instance, if you close your eyes, you’ll feel like you’re gravitating towards outer space. Sure enough, this is the right electronic music to unwind to. Press play below.     

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Anyone Need Pure Electronic Music? Lotus Prime Is The Answer!

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Braeden Baade aka Lotus Prime is back with “No Muck, No Lotus”. Certainly, this piece of pure electronic music without cheesy vocals might have a relaxing effect on your mind. In fact, the Los Angeles-based producer enjoys meditation and this composition is somewhat related to this healthy practice.

Interestingly, after a retreat at a Buddhist monastery, the artist approached music as a path to enlightenment in order to overcome personal issues. “No Muck, No Lotus” is inspired by the teaching metaphor of the lotus blossom. From my view, we can discover ourselves and keep our inner creativity despite adverse conditions, which would be the dirty muddy water. For this reason, he opts for haunting dark instrumentals on this track.

Also, the ambient/chill textures are essential components to keep you calm while you close your eyes, focus on your breathing and enjoy the present moment. What are you waiting for? Just press play below.

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