The Canadian ambient-experimentalist duo DF released the EP abcdf yesterday.
The minimalist instrumentation of tenor sax with loops created through a Boss RC-300 gives the material a distinctive space of its own. The breadth of the five songs on the EP (which is available on bandcamp) each individually set to a slender architecture, when taken as a whole offer a journey of diversity, attests that to create music of intrigue it isn’t necessary to carry too much gear.
Whilst the music stands on its own legs, DF, are an audio-visual duo with Dustin Finer creating the sounds and Daniel Freder the visuals, so to extract maximum value from their creativity best taken alongside their various videos.
By way of an introduction, the middle track She’s Great And All… .
Dor is an indietronic outfit from Charlotte in the USA comprising John Rutherford (bass), Jacob Worden (drums) and a whole heap of electronics.
I was going to introduce the genre style of Dor as being experimental ambience, which sounds like a misnomer, however that is essence is what it is, but more ambience in the sense of a taking the night-bus home after a weekend party than a chill-out room as the music cuts weaves of the unexpected just as you settle into the hypnosis.
Extended tracks can run to well over nine minutes of loops and overdubs interspersed with various sounds, some real, others purely computer generated and throughout it the bass and drum provide a root from which the liquidity of the sounds can grow and flourish, providing the listener with pieces that remind of timelapse photography.
The challenge for the duo is not to overshoot the limitations of the basic structure of each track and this they successfully negotiate with even the longest pieces not going beyond the bearable. Certainly not compositions to play as you get ready to go out to party, but most definitely music to play on your return as the mixture of bleeding edge is absorbed within recognizable formats and you can just lay back and let the creations do their thing.