REGULATOR | SELF TITLED EP
5 of 5 stars
Review by Denisse Lane
Regulator’s self-titled album shows the ambient roots of its artist with a glitch hop twist, painting an atmosphere on every track that is sometimes foreboding, sometimes nostalgic, but always an invitation to the listener to contemplate. Layers of musical texture weave together in a wonderfully rich tapestry that gradually unfolds, taking startling turns and building tension as each track goes on. Repetition and melody are made use of, but never become monotonous. Something more is added to the musical conversation each time. Despite this kaleidoscope of sound, it is worthy of note that everything has great cohesion. There was never a time during my experience with the album where I felt that something was out of place or extraneous. Instead, I found myself surprised with where each song progressed, but in a way that made me feel the development was inevitable. It is hard for me to choose favorites off of the album, so I will try to give a sample of its variation. “2nd Dawn” is at first pervaded by a serene quiet that is almost too quiet, then slowly creeps up on the listener with a sense of warmth and reminiscence. A music box appears in the second half, reinforcing the motif. “Wounded” begins with an innocent digital melody. As it builds, the background then takes on a melancholy and almost sinister tone that steadily grows into crunching percussion, creating a contrast that caries the song through. At the very center of the album comes “Swarm,” and it is very appropriately placed. More simplistic and ambient than the rest of the work, it is a welcome respite, a valley between the two halves of the otherwise more energetic piece. Overall, “Regulator” is an album full of rich auditory detail that is masterfully handled. It is a strong start to what I hope will be a long lasting project and I look forward to seeing where it will go next.
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