De Antiquis Et Novis – “Calm”


A hypnotic downtempo electronic single from De Antiquis Et Novis, “Calm” engrosses with its patient synth-forward build. The serene lyrical refrain — “I don’t want to run for another day,” — lingers through buzzing synth-bass and shimmering, spacey backing pads. The house and trip-hop elements are evident in the driving percussive pulse, in addition to the pitch-variating vocal samples. Guitars emerge sporadically, adding further suave entrancement. The guitar infusion past the five-minute mark converges with the vocal refrain to craft a wholly hypnotic spell. “Calm” is a masterclass in production and atmosphere from De Antiquis Et Novis.

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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