Boomkat Product Review:
Bumpy, distorted and melancholy ambient house fuzz from Denver's Foans, written in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Somewhere between Sensate Focus, Baltra, and Vancouver's Pacific Rhythm crew.
'Gateway' is an abridged and re-sequenced version of an album Andrew Dahabrah released last year. He'd composed the record as a way to heal, and even in stripped down form it plays like a spidery selection of audio salves, assembled like a mixtape almost - a mixture of nostalgia, emotion, and mental gymnastics. Dahabrah's most striking skill is his ability to write sparse but effective basslines that underpin each track regardless of the genre hallmarks. After the SND-esque opening track 'DIA', a tuff, slippery funk melancholy roots 'Love Couch Track' and barely lets up for a moment.
On 'Dark City', tweaky bass wobbles animate wildly as relatively restrained 4/4 loops clonk efficiently overhead, while on 'Bend of Time' and 'Sea of Eden', cheeky 3-note basslines lend the glitchy tracks an air of AFX's "Analord" series. Even on the surprising sci-fi videogame romp 'Terra', it's the funk-indebted bassline that's the dark horse, commanding all your attention before you've noticed. More euphoric than most lo-fi dance fare, "Gateway" is house music for 3D rendered dream sequences.