Languish is a riveting, atmospheric EP from Marottes, a New York-based artist whose haunting electronic soundscapes make for a perfect autumnal fit. Synth-pop, horror-inspired synthwave, and post-punk blend throughout the EP, accompanied by monthly remix collaborations with various artists.
The project of Mike Mytnick, Marottes makes a strong impression on EP tracks like “Empath.” Brooding synth envelopment and cavernous percussion swell into spacey synth adornments and ghostly textures. The added synth glistening approaching the two-minute turn is delectably eerie, building thereafter into a gorgeously subdued vocal presence with a dark post-punk angst. Moments of the production remind fondly of Burial’s nocturnal allure, particularly in the whisper-y vocal effects, and the escalating synth theatrics of Oneohtrix Point Never.
Languish appeals with broad range, particularly on the more elegant “Hanging.” A symphonic-feeling introduction glides into gentle synths and lush vocals, exuding a spacey and effervescent charm. This track’s brighter composure succeeds, just as “Empath” does in its wallowing darkness. Languish is a showcase in melodic and memorable songwriting, traversing within various tones and colors with synth-pop and post-punk gravitation.
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Marottes is having a release show in NYC on October 16th at the Parkside Lounge.
“Empath” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2022’ Spotify playlist.