Downtempo Sunday with: Ppert, Invictus Hi-Fi, and Baraka #Downtempo #Chill #Synth

Good morning. I’m shifting away from Ambient this week and going for more Downtempo tunes provided by Ppert, Invictus Hi-Fi, and Baraka. It’s a beat thing. But they’re still a suitable soundtrack for these lockdown daze.

Ppert is from Australia and offers Sound of the Suburbs. Of himself he offers, “The dreams of replicating the large fuzz rock sounds of alternative rock idols may need to go on hold – it’s not easy to find like minded people when you’re not in a major city.” In my day the sound of the suburbs was a track of punk pop by The Members (see end of this post), with its “Same old boring Sunday morning” intro. A sound of alienation and frustration.

Ppert offers a rather different take. It’s a synthwave dream. An acceptance of things as they are but still distanced from it. As Ppert says this track was, “Inspired by walking through the busy suburbs – when they were busy at least.” It captures the slow boredom of the suburbs. Rows of houses. Not quite all the same. But perhaps not the worst thing in the world. Ppert finds a romantic beauty to it all. A golden hued vision of that space between the city and the countryside proper.

Invictus Hi-FI is from the UK but uses JFK as the sample around which this track is built. The Rabbit Hole War is described as a sonic documentary of human cultural insanity and the slow erosion of truths. The JFK quote is the all too current, “For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Musically, it’s a slow-moving quite soundtrack-y piece. Has a lot of Clint Mansell gong on. It uses slow moving and mournful piano against JFK. It knows that despite what he said the battle has been lost. We see it played out every day. Choirs keen solely far in the background. There’s no epiphany here only the dawning realisation. Strings slither around, as if you needed more portent. It’s the intro to the album but not one of the triumph of hope but of darkness coming.

Baraka is from Washington DC, USA. He does Electronic / Jazz Piano. But we shan’t hold that against him unnecessarily. That’s because Menagerie is a truly beautiful track. The beats are lightly hip hop but without feeling the need to dominate. But it’s the overall effect of the track that’s so beautiful. It’s utterly unhurried. A slow, lazy morning. Even the wordless ethereal vocals say, sit down, take the weight off your slingbacks. Enjoy the day with the soft piano chords as they play out. Meaningful music for day-dreaming.


Sound of the Suburbs – The Members

~ by acidted on May 10, 2020.

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