Continuing the saga of emotion-laced and ethereal music written for hazed drives along the Puget Sound and spontaneous hikes amidst the Olympic National Forest comes 90 East, the debut from Seattle’s Kayla Waldorf (Aos). Here, four glowing yet melancholic tracks showcase Waldorf’s knack for extracting immersive melodies and constructing stripped back, industrial-tinged percussive elements. A lucid sonic experience, all rounded off with a remix from ½ of Delsin’s Artefakt, Robin Koek (Cyspe).
"Revival" starts things off with a somewhat menacing melody that gradually finds its way to the surface, striking minor notes in a way that immediately brings the listener to attention and calls for anticipation. Percussive patterns slowly enter the stereo field mid-way through at seemingly the most ideal point to satisfy the track’s sustaining expectation while building a substantial foundation for the narrative to come. "Limerence" continues the journey offering a brighter commentary on this thoughtful collection of work. Gently guiding the listener through an early morning meditative state, the track instills a sense of peaceful contemplation while simultaneously cultivating a sense of hope and optimism. Juxtaposing this comforting sense of bliss, "11 24" immediately brings the listener to an ominous sonic landscape marked by bleak visions of retrofuturistic landscapes and driving rhythmic pulses. "Echoic" renders the perfect conclusion to the trip with a lighthearted sense of rising (e)motion that reaches a climax with lush, reverb laced, pads and authoritative stabs bringing the listener back to whatever semblance of reality that remains. The final commentary from Robin Koek (Cyspe) gracefully caps off whatever rubble remains of the dream-like dancefloor left in the "11 24" wake.
Here 90 East points to specific geographic locations through a dexterity of expression particular to the artist. We are left in a reflective state as though recently having returned from a bout of travel—shedding bits and pieces of a fantastical world and a language, a new vision crafted around us via this collection of songs that conjure images of dance floors filled with fog and a distant illusion of echoing trance.
released August 30, 2016
All material written and produced by Kayla Waldorf
Photograph by Una Blue
Photograph processed by Christian Villacillo
Design + Layout by Nathaniel Young
Remix written and produced by Robin Koek
Mastered by M.A. Spaventi