“A Room in the Mirror” from Ralph Rodolen remains one of the more strikingly effective tracks I’ve heard this year. As such, I’m excited that the Norway-based artist released his new album today. Methbreath spans ten tracks, encompassing a range of tones. “Perfume & Memory” is among the more effervescent, accessible pop efforts — glistening with a melodic shine. Also present is the artist’s ability to craft darkly gripping soundscapes, as was evident on “A Room in the Mirror.”
Sure enough, album opener “Coriahosanota” explores similar atmospheric territory. Panting vocal effects and woodwind-forward sampling emerges amidst developing cavernous electronic effects, with rhythm and a funk bass kicking in just before the one-minute mark. The halted vocal effects throughout are melodically infectious, retaining a melodically addictive spirit while treading in tonally dark territory. It’s a great opener to a fully recommended album.
“Coriahosanota” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2019’ Spotify playlist.