Barnacle is not only an important RSC artist, he’s one of my best pals. We still work together today as part of Make Mistakes. What I had to say: The newest release on Rope Swing Cities, by Dope Recordings artist Barnacle, if you couldn’t tell by the title, is kind of dark. Barnacle is Tom Kamholz, who under the name Attentat, has many releases on the Dope Recordings Beatport site, comes to RSC with something wholly different from his signature deep, minimal techno sound.
The four tracks that comprise this thirty-five minute EP of minimal soundscapes sound rich and full, despite the stark feelings of disorientation that occasionally swell up and cover the listener. The feeling of floating beneath the surface of the ocean, not interacting, but simply accepting the ebb and flow of the water is very strong in the compositions presented here. Alternating between a placid calm, feelings of despondency and at some points, discomfort, each of the pieces contained in this release would make perfect backing music to any David Lynch film festival.
Though seemingly meandering, the sounds on each of the four tracks on the EP feel very deliberate and well placed, giving the entire release a focused guide for your mental wanderings. Sea Of Sorrow Is a wonderful and chilling soundtrack to a relaxing evening at home, sipping on a glass of wine and wondering why no one loves you, and accepting that, even though that’s the case, it’s probably ok, because who needs them anyway, right? Enjoy!