Boomkat Product Review:
After supplying our AOTY 2018 with the amazing ‘Stadium’, Eli Keszler further explores noirish aspects in ‘Empire’, a very worthy follow-up EP for Shelter Press
Succinctly focussed in three parts, ‘Empire’ finds Keszler contracting the widescreen vision of his previous record to limn shadowy, late night scenes of rustling interaction between people, place and space, or as the label put it, “finding stillness, tranquility and beauty in a dystopian landscape”.
Employing his favoured drums and percussion, plus vibraceleste, vibraphone, amarelion, violaskapa, Keslzer nimbly operates in the overlaps between jazz fusion, modern classical and electronics in a style he can safely call his own. ‘Enter The Bristle Strum’ feels out the space first with gently skittish drums ribboning in all directions around the murmur of chatty keys and vibes, before he takes us outside into the cold, dawning atmospheres of ‘Corrosion Kingdom’, where Keszler seems to improvise against the sound of a city slowly coming to life, and his unique grasp of meter and spatial manipulation beautifully comes into play in the furtive hush and rustle of ’The Tenth Part of a Featured World’.
A perfect addendum to ’Stadium’, no less.