ATTLAS releases ‘Sin’ EP as final installment of his 2015 EP trilogy
ATTLAS‘ third EP release of the year, Sin, serves as the third and final installment of his EP trilogy. Sin follows Siren and Scene, and ties up the series in a “tribute to femme fatales everywhere.” The six-track collection showcases the virtuosic strengths of one of mau5trap‘s brightest talents, while weaving his story to its conclusion and showcasing his artistic expansion. Alongside the technically-masterful progressive tracks that are reminiscent of his mentor deadmau5, Sin features two vocal mixes and further exploration of the industrial-influenced productions found on his previous two EP releases.
“Parallel Lines” is an ethereal original vocal mix, weaving dreamy arpeggiated synths and light snare accents beneath a soaring soul-catching topline. Meanwhile,”Burned” incorporates a heavy percussive bassline and syncopated samples in a compelling industrial soundscape. Though the unidentified female subject of “Tiff’s Theme” remains a mystery, the slow-burning track she inspired oscillates between pulsing synths and uplifting chord progressions.
“Jagged,” the second unusual vocal production on the EP, highlights ATTLAS’ indie-tinged sensibilities through vocal harmonies and deftly-layered instrumentals. “Red” is a progressive voyage; t undulating melody unfurls gradually atop reverberating drums and hi-hats, with euphoric piano chords built into an almost-tribal breakdown. “Beginning” serves as the metaphorically titled closing track, is an enveloping exploration of one of ATTLAS’ greatest strengths as a producer: building a vivid soundscape with intricate layers of production, technically superb yet emotionally vulnerable. The outro sampling of a purring engine driving away suggests, like the title, that this is just the start for ATTLAS.