Postscript

Bacchanalia

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Postscript's debut EP, Bacchanalia, is an impeccably controlled mess where scribbly techno beats are flecked with dark Joy Division-esque vocal overtones. Throughout, the beats fall loosely out of the squiggly madness and reveal themselves in the subtlest manner as they slowly building to become the focal point of the songs. Abstract noises find their places while creating a wonderful pastiche of drum bumps, polychromatic squelches, and rhythmic chaos, all laid beneath James Ravenhall's deep, lyrical meanderings. Tracks like "20c" and "Moonlight" are electro-blip gems where every note is pieced together bit by bit, and Ravenhall's often charming and innocent voice exposes itself from behind a cloud of thunderous beats. On Bacchanalia, Postscript uncovers his sharp taste for melody and his keen sense of repetition and rhythm. Ravenhall relies greatly on his sampler to assemble his melange of aquatic-tinged synths and abstract beats, but the rhythms are never predictable. His lyrics are, at times, unintelligible but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to infer the darkness they portray. They bring out a sense of loneliness and emptiness that work well with the digitized madness that supports Ravenhall's cause. Precisely timed and delivered with the utmost of sincerity, Ravenhall's vocals and intelligent soundscapes make Bacchanalia an electronic wonder of beautiful noise.

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