"Like watching a gray, drizzly dawn over a dystopian future-metropolis" - STEREOGUM
"The highly promising EP combines elements of folk, found sound and ambient soundscapes that conjures up the timeless sounds of Helios, Benoît Pioulard and a host of other electro-acoustic milestones" - FRACTURED AIR
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"Mute Forest release an EP of pre-album tunes to whet appetites with disarming, whispery vocals over muted beats" - BANDCAMP
What does the future of peace and quiet look like? Is it possible for someone to find serenity in a world where population mushrooms and buildings continuously jockey for the best possible view? With Kael Smith’s (Mombi, Khale) Mute Forest this dichotomy is at the epicenter of his Infinity Pools EP due April 7th via Lost Tribe Sound.
To coincide with visuals courtesy of Gregory Euclide (Bon Iver, Erased Tapes), Smith’s debut EP fuses acoustic sounds, mangled electronics and provocative lyrics across four meditative yet mesmerizing tracks.
Serving as a companion piece to his expansive and sonorous LP, Deforestation, due later this year, Smith’s Infinity Pools EP was actually written as a reaction to that material but will be released first. “Deforestation will in a sense be a prequel to the EP,” explains Smith. “And for listeners who follow along, should provide an interesting reverse narrative,” he concludes.
“Crypt,” the EP’s opener, contains oscillating vinyl-sampled rhythms, chiming electric guitar and gently struck nylon guitar. Following that is the sparce and haunting “Volcanoes Flowing,” which traces a melancholy beat and slow, lovely piano crescendos to its heartbreaking conclusion.
Darker in tone, title track "Infinity Pools" has a commanding presence using ominous electronics and damaged samples of Le Creuset pots being struck. Heavily processed and featuring vocals from Smith’s longtime girlfriend Kelly O’Brien, the track unfurls into a hypnotic groove over the chilling words “You’ll feel like an ember trilling/out in space.”
Washing over the listener to conclude the EP, “Eat the Skin” originally started as an A Winged Victory for the Sullen remix of a song off of their recent LP, Atomos. As the track progressed though, all of the layers performed by AWVFTS were eventually stripped leaving only acoustic guitar and Smith’s voice. “I like to pretend we wrote that song together, hopefully someday they will hear it” desires Smith. He uses the big, cavernous sound of acoustic guitar as base for unhurried, dulcet vocals and airy electronics. “I’ve always loved the big, acoustic sound of Seafood’s “Desert Stretched Before the Sun”“ explains Smith. “I really tried to emulate that deep resonate tone where the acoustic sounds like a tidal wave.”
released April 7, 2015
All songs written, performed, recorded and mixed by Kael Smith (kaelsmithmusic.com
Kelly O'Brien backing vocals on "Infinity Pools."
Mastering by Taylor Deupree at 12k Mastering
Production assistance on "Crypt" & "Volcanoes Flowing" by Matthew Herron
Original artwork by Gregory Euclide (gregoryeuclide.com
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Published by Settled Scores 2015 (ASCAP)
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