Daniel Avery is the London-based artist behind some of the best ambient techno in recent memory. Making a name for himself with 2013's album Drone Logic, Avery has kept busy with a variety of other musical ventures and singles through his longtime label Phantasy. Now it seems Avery is ready to follow up his critically acclaimed LP Drone Logic with his sophomore effort Song For Alpha, as well as a surprise EP, Slow Fade, which is out now. Slow Fade features a title track that will also feature on Song For Alpha, as well as 3 equally impressive B-sides. In regards to the EP's title track, "Slow Fade" is indeed a monolithic, unhurried ghostly groove.
Highly reminiscent of SAW '85-'92 era Aphex Twin, the track floats weightlessly around a minimal acid house lead. By 2:15, Avery appropriately fades in some spectral synth pads, complementing the cavernous percussion nicely. Eerie yet inviting, with thumping 808 kicks and endless amounts of atmosphere, it's a track best enjoyed in a lights off, eyes closed kind of setting.
Purchase/stream Avery's Slow Fade EP here, and pre-order Song For Alpha here, which will be released April 6th via Phantasy/Mute.
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