Boomkat Product Review:
Once in a while an artist emerges, seemingly outta nowhere, whose music elicits near-feverish responses and 2nd takes from everyone in earshot. Welcome to v1984 and his stellar debut Becoming (N)one for Dublin’s relaunched Glacial Industries (fka Glacial Sounds).
Sounding like TCF and Ryuichi Sakamoto scoring a CGI flick set in Tokyo 2084, this is no doubt one of the lushest and tortuously emotive debuts to emerge from the neo grime / electronica helix, bar none.
We can tell you little about the producer, which at this stage is quite right. However, what we can speculate from multiple listens thru Becoming (N)one, is that this is surely the work of someone with at least some schooling in classical composition, and who keeps a very keen ear on contemporary movements.
From the steepled harmonics to the chamber-like efficiency of his arrangements and even the wickedly grandiose track titles such as Crying Beneath The Surface Of The Ocean As The Sunset’s Rays Flicker Into The Indefinite Horizon or Pre, Post, Pre(-lude) Pt. i + ii which aid the narrative, it ain’t hard to believe this five track debut took a year to complete, which is perhaps at odds with, or even belies, the effortless fluidity and unpredictability of his immaculate sound designs.