The atmospheric productions from Austin-based artist 1st Base Runner, impressing earlier this year with the Light Roars EP, lends itself to ample visual potential. Whether focusing on the artist’s post-rock or electronic-minded pursuits, there’s no doubt that producer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Husmann possesses a knack for striking, cinematic soundscapes — further exemplified by the newly released Night Stalker EP and its track “Dark Drive Through The Canyon.”
The EP shows a fond embrace of dark soundscapes within its ambient, experimental approach. Its second track, “Dark Drive Through The Canyon” entrances with a gorgeous unfolding sound; murmuring strings build into pulsing synths with elegant, hypnotic qualities. There’s a nocturnal sense of escapism apparent in the lingering strings/synths infusion.
The track finds excellent accompaniment in a new video, directed by longtime Radiohead creative director Dilly Gent. The sight of the artist traversing, wind blowing in his hair, across the flickering illumination of a nocturnal sky fits perfectly within the track’s serene atmospheric engagement — with a lingering, haunting effect reflective of a futuristic dream.
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This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2022’ Spotify playlist.