The fantastic “Descent” is an atmospheric new track from pantology, touting free-flowing electronic/jazz vibes reminiscent of Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington. The Brooklyn-based artist first impressed with debut single “Never Enough,” and continues to hone an engrossing sound that makes almost no use of samples (a nod to influences like FlyLo, Bill Evans, and J Dilla). “Descent” is the lead single off pantology’s upcoming EP 2Q19, touting a soundscape constructed with only drum samples and live recorded instruments. The track features pantology’s vocals/keyboards and the gripping saxophone work of NYC jazz saxophonist Sergei Avanesov.
Compared to the chilled-out effervescence of “Never Enough,” “Descent” marks a stylistic exploration with further depth. Scorching sax, budding orchestral tinges, and trickling keys craft a haunting, cinematic feel to start. The sax rises in intensity as the one-minute mark approaches, with funk-laden rhythms emerging shortly thereafter. The grooving rhythms, icicle-like keys, and spurts of darkly cinematic brass combine for an enthralling aesthetic and production. pantology’s upcoming EP is one of my most anticipated releases.
“Descent” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2019’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Innovative Electronic Music.