European producer Persian Empire just dropped a four-track Safe Often on Cosmonostro a couple weeks ago. Download for free from Facebook.
Continuing their showcase of the cream of the European beatmaker crop, Cosmonostro presents Germany’s Persian Empire (@perserreich), delivering another mind-bending slice of the future in the form of his ‘Safe Often’ EP. Fusing found sounds and static crackles with pitch-bent vocals and pianos oozing with melancholy, this is a record that will really tug at your heartstrings.
Opener ‘Rare Bird’ instantly transports the listener to a barren rain-soaked landscape, where a lone voice cries out over gloomy Rhodes chord progressions, before dropping into a sparse and constantly mutating 2-step beat.
Title track ‘Safe Often’ begins with a cinematic and tragic piano melody that sounds like it’s playing out from a long-abandoned gramophone, until another ruthless & weaving beat kicks in again, snapping the listener right back into the present day.
Next up, ‘Lemonade’ lays off the melancholy for a minute, with a slowly building rhythm wrapped around a repeated mantra of ‘easy peasy lemon squeezy’, injecting a short but sweet slice of humour into the otherwise desolate soundscape of the EP.
Closing track ‘BA03’ brings the rainclouds sweeping back over again though, with a slow & churning industrial beat accompanying the pitch-bent plea of a heartbroken lover, begging for a chance to be heard, before a final thundering drumbeat rings out to signal the ominous end of the music.
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