BEWILDERBEAST - Unreal_Estate
Article & Interview by AUSTIN MONTGOMERY
As electronic music continues its on-going sub-division into a multitude of genres, English producer, Gus Beamish-Cook, (Bewilderbeast) is seeking to challenge himself and the constraints that limit obscure lo-fi artists with the release of his latest album, “Unreal_Estate”.
Unreal_Estate begins remarkably with the albums single, Severed. The opening track builds continually while still giving the song a relaxing, far-off aura. The repetitive sampling quickens the pace from the get-go, instantly garnering full attention.
The second track, Girl/Grain utilizes a seemingly neurotic sampling pattern and flows into a relaxing melodic, trance inducing bassline. The grit of the samples gives the song character as if from a by-gone memory.
Hampi ushers in a laidback, ethereal landscape through its muffled, slightly distorted bass as the album comes together through three tracks.
As a personal favorite, Loam encapsulates the entirety of Unreal_Estate through its great progression and use of wooden/tribal-esque percussion samples to a heavier, more intense tempo.
Swimming quickens the pulse of Unreal_Estate through its great utilization of lo-fi sampling, giving the album a great throwback vibe with its dreamy, far-off vocals.
As the album draws to a close, Come Here seamlessly weaves itself in a web of light percussion and string samples, while still giving itself life through its oversaturated distortion in the last part of the song, a great way to end Unreal_Estate.
In its entirety, Unreal_Estate has taken the listener on journey through the boundaries of the lo-fi, glitch, acid house, and witchouse landscape. This album needs to be a part of your summer playlist, just in time for the way-too-humid days and seemingly endless nights. Catch Unreal_Estate through AirlinesTapes Records on vinyl and digital download.
For more insight into the making of Unreal_Estate, check out Jealous Gold’s Q&A with Bewilderbeast here: