Global Crash – Echolalia album review

Global crash creates shimmering, expressionistic soundscapes. Conceived in 2008, this electronic music project is the brainchild of a longtime friend of mine, Paul Holder. Echolalia is his second release under the Global Crash Moniker. Anyone who may have heard the first release under this moniker, the album named ‘Fragility in Technology’, will instantly hear a huge maturation in conception.

Drawing a wide array of influences, Global Crash manages to produce a fairly varied sonic landscape. While there is a noticeable trance element, it isn’t so trance oriented as to produce the kind of overwhelmingly soporific effect that I find to be the end result of too much trance techno.

Take a track like ‘Baby’s Breath’ as an example. While the unfolding aural atmosphere is as gentle as the title would indicate, the amount of rhythmic activity is such- an incredible amount for such a condensed space- that the relatively static keyboard line that unwinds serenely amidst all that rhythm is essentially awash in a sea of texture. And it is this general ‘texturization’ that gives so much dimension to the gentle lapping of the lead line. After the two minute mark, when the main developmental unfolding gets underway, his deft handling of the rhythmic structure becomes even more apparent, as there’s no real melodic development to speak of, just the gentle susurration of the lead keyboard line; in aural terms, it’s akin to watching the way waves fractalate in the water, breaking into themselves over and over again while moving ever forward.

To highlight the kinds of contrasts capable in this project, we simply need to move to the next track, ‘Shimmer reflection underneath the water’. In certain respects, this could be looked at as a variation on a theme, because we find the same basic structure- long, drawn out tones in the center of a barrage of rhythmic activity- but the mood and general effect are radically different. It’s somehow more effusive, less reflectively serene and reposed like the prior track.

As the album unfolds, you encounter this kind ‘variation in unity’; a general, underlying aesthetic in terms of the way the music is constructed, but with endless variety of nuance. And texture. Tons of texture.

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