The debut EP 'sip', written and produced by Philadephia-based artist che, is a four-part odyssey filled with effervescent emotional synth work and propulsive rhythmic experimentation.
With a sensibility for concrète-style sampling and analog sound sculpting techniques, che manipulates recordings of acoustic instruments and synthesizers, traversing melodic ambient and kinetic waves imprinted with unpredictable beat formulas. A multilayered study in organic groove sound melding.
Despite the suggestion of its name, 'sip' plays more like a mini-album than an EP, with narratives internal to each song passing through irreplicable evolutionary phases. The result is breathtaking, less cinematic than cartographic or even animatronic. This is che the storyteller, che the colorist, che the creator.
A lifelong multi-instrumentalist, che has lived long periods of his life in Ireland and the Bay Area before moving to Philadelphia, his current home. Influenced by his natural and urban environments, his father’s Guatemalan family tradition of composers and professional musicians, and his mother’s Native American culture, che builds with old, new, and future musical languages informed by a heritage of jazz, latin and classical. The result is lush, layered, and likely to surprise.
All proceeds from this release will be donated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
released January 27, 2017
Original music produced, written and recorded by Che Ramirez
Guitar on 'ritual' - Zion Fritzinger
Drums on 'the moments of salience - Trevor Rogers
Artwork by Cale Jay Labbe
Mastered by Sam Obey
perhaps not so innovative, given Burial's stylistic parameters, these tracks are more like a frolic, made of fragments who are like distant relatives, getting nowhere really, but still being enjoyable in their atmospheric anticipation. This is more so in the case of Nightmarket, which fits what I like to think of as lo-fi trance, as anticipated in a superb track like ashtray wasp, although with a beatless and more orchestral approach in this case. aelena