Karl is a longtime freelancer who's passionate about music, art, and writing.
Sewnshut’s Myopic is an album with some fascinating sonic explorations on it that never become unpleasant to hear. There are many textures and sensations in the music, along with some rather unique sounds and patterns that seem to develop out of chaos and variation.
There are often contrasts on Myopic that make for interesting listening in which, for example, rougher-edged synths are set against gentle flowing sounds that move around them. There can be rapidly oscillating sounds that are set against deep bass that adds a counter element to balance them out.
The drums on this album often play broken, stuttering beats that add a unique energy to the music, but they can also flow more smoothly. The way that Sewnshut uses percussion is another good example of how this album is comprised of a wide variety of sonic textures and shapes that knit together into a whole.
How Sewnshut develops musical patterns out of apparent chaos on Myopic fascinates me. There are often seemingly disjointed jumbles of sound that move into the tracks, and as they develop, patterns begin to establish themselves and move through the music. It’s interesting to hear this process taking place.
There are such a wide variety of unique synth sounds on this album. Some of them sparkle and glow while others have distorting, reverberating or slightly rough timbres to add to the mix. All of the variety doesn’t overwhelm, but it adds new threads to the overall tapestry of the music.
My Favourite Tracks Analyzed
Here is a look at my favourite tracks.
“Rimb” is a study in contrasting sounds. I find the way in which rough-edged sounds were washing in waves through open space contrast with the gently floating synth line that drifts along and the deep bass that moves under all of it. I was drawn to the delicate, dancing lead synth as it wanders and bounces through the music along with the active beat that flows through the track.
There is a strong feeling of open space on “Latched Crutches” that I like. I also enjoy the static crackle that moves through before deep bass slowly drops into the track and a beat, a bit uneven, begins to move in along with those deep washes of bass. The choice of a warmer, higher synth that moves in adds another sonic layer. I also find the way that the melodic synth line drifts alone before that uneven, broken beat trembles through quite attractive to my ears.
“Sole Omission” utilizes an oscillating, twisting computerized sound that pulls me into the track. I find the way a pattern begins to form out of seemingly random “beeps” quite interesting and the way the heavy throb of drums is joined by another beat that leaps and stutters. There’s an exuberance to the energetic and disjointed sounds that create a pattern out of what seems random and uncontrolled.
There is a steady heartbeat of rough edged synth and a deep thud of bass that underpins “Chromatose” which gives form and shape to the tightly knit sonic pattern played on warmer, metallic synths. There’s an ear-grabbing stuttering element that trembles through the music as those warm breaths of synth keep rising up around it. I also like the sound of a distant piano drifting through.
“Trespassing” has distant, floating and rather mechanical sounding synth notes that move into the open space of the track to start things out. I enjoy how the reverberating beat thuds through the music as the metallic synths wander in clusters of notes while the beat drives on, touched with a harsh edge. I also find the synth that comes in with a unique, distorted quality to be rather aurally fascinating. The way it bends notes is quite hard to ignore and adds an element of interest to the music.
There’s a tripping quality to the beat of “Reciprocate” that’s quite catchy. The synth that comes in has a sound that I find hard to pin down with a certain distorted piano quality to it. It jangles through and adds more interest to the proceedings. I also find the wildly, widely varying series of notes that comes in adds a darker element to be quite intriguing. As the track moves on, it gains more form and structure out of the seemingly wild series of notes, adding shape to everything.
Sewnshut creates many auditory textures, sensations and patterns on Myopic and to my ears, they all add interest to the music. There’s a clearly experimental quality to this album, but it’s never at the expense of musicality. I enjoy how Sewnshut has woven all of these elements together into a unique expression of synth-based music.