Filed under: Reviews | Tags: bluetech, evan bartholomew, Phoenix Rising, Somnia Records
“My name is Evan. I make sounds. Rivers of music ancient & delicate flow through me….”
These are the words you first read on Evan Bartholomew aka Bluetech’s website.
Evan has been at the forefront of the IDM movement since releasing his first album Prima Materia in 2003. Since then he has developed into many musical directions, and produced a plethora of brilliant ambient, downtempo, dub, idm, dubtech, minimal and tech house releases as Bluetech, Evan Bartholomew and Evan Marc, on numerous labels.
I was nicely surprised by Evan’s new Bluetech album Phoenix Rising. This release clearly demonstrates the rich maturing of Evan’s style & taste, a ripening of delicious musical fruits so it seems.
Phoenix Rising still retains Bluetech’s intelligent signature sound, but has a slightly more mature and funkier undercurrent to his previous releases. Sophisticated, clean, intricately constructed, meticulous and spacious…with dashes of fat squelchy basslines, cheeky squeaky melodies, flamboyant sound swirls, orchestral treats, and smooth rolling beats. Each track is unique to the next, making this a fine array of diverse examples of Evan’s musical genius.
The best treats on the menu for me were the orchestral theme in “Kingdom of the Blind”, the groove in “The Phoenix Rising” and the surprising jazziness of “Invocation-The Fire Within”. But Track 2 on the album entitled “What the Night Reveals” is the track for me, I’m hooked on its low down dirty slow and squelchy bassline and uplifting flute melodies. Get your hands on this album, it’s Bluetech’s best release yet.
Review by Becca Dakini (Dj Dakini – Melbourne, Australia)
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