Matt Lange – Staccato EP [EP Review]
Throughout the recent swell of dance music mania, one label has remained a steady undercurrent, one charting its own course below the chaos while subtly pulling it forward. Anjunadeep may not be stocking festival Main Stages with their talent, but they are promoting a breed of artists that not only produce, but compose, and Matt Lange epitomizes that distinction. The LA native has just unveiled his Staccato EP, crafting a sort of silent movie score in the process. Progressive by definition, deep by nature and ambient by design, each of the three tracks entangle listeners in their many layers and leave a lingering reverie in their stead. Lead track “Staccato” may have come with an oversimplified name, but its steady snare provides the breadcrumbs to follow through the tune’s tumbling strings and heartbeat phasers. Follow up “Ether” preserves the magic with a subtle back glow that shadows a touch of piano melody, brief vocal indulgence, and lush swirl of pressing melody and supporting chords before “Underscore” makes listeners’ breaths catch. Mechanical yet fluid, house but hard to define, the final track delivers an audio evolution in miniature, serving a story with its soundscape and a reminder that it takes more than towers of amplifiers to make music felt.