DubConscious, elder statesmen of the festival circuit and deans of the Athens electronica scene, are back in the studio. With a vengeance. Though officially an EP, at eight tracks These Days feels closer to a full album. And while DubConscious has already announced the band will be dropping a 14-track long-player in the fall, itâ€™s clear from the myriad ideas bursting out of the seams of this preview octet that these guys were itching to get their new material laid down.
The enticingly chill opener â€œEcclesiastesâ€ is a classic dub jam that beckons the listener into DubConscious’ world by way of friendly, ambling bass and bright, colorful sunspots of synth before a bubbly, staccato guitar fans out into exploratory flights of fancy. â€œHome 1â€ is a muscular, psychedelic organ workout with a dank, moonlit glow. Haunting, group-wailed vocals cry out from the depths of some murky, misty, miles-deep cavern and comingle with a downtempo dance groove that will make you want to twist slowly into the floor like a corkscrew, and then stay there all night. Equally exciting is the albumâ€™s closer â€œ2â€™r,â€ in which DubConscious taps out a funky, slick beat in the squelchy language of analog synthesizers, before employing a pugnacious, space-eating trombone solo that blasts the listener out the door with a hearty slap on the back and a note pinned to his shirt: Weâ€™re Just Gettinâ€™ Started.
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