Posted August 19, 2015 by Mike Mineo in Electronic

SQRD – “Beast”

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SQRD is an electronic duo based in Berlin and Stockholm. Influenced by the likes of Caribou and Weval, SQRD’s new single “Beast” shows an impressive atmospheric construction with a knack for both melody and hypnotic build-ups.

The beginnings of “Beast” show a developing atmosphere. An ominous synth choir combines with a booming bass drum and developmental percussion early on to establish a feeling of dark unease. Just before the one minute mark, the slightly subtle addition of effervescent keys and an arpeggiated synth backing shows the first suggestion of growth, culminating¬†in the melodic masterwork around two minutes, when a series of fluttering keys enter the fold.¬†Swirling around the original melody, the combination of arpeggiated hypnotics and low-pitched vocal samples in the final minute provides a fitting finale to this stylishly successful track.

Mike Mineo

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