Boomkat Product Review:
Light-headed but driving ambient techno from Sage Caswell, rejoining the ranks of San Fran’s Spring Theory - inc. Avalon Emerson, Keita Sano, Aria Rostami - with a sublime debut album of fluttering chords and insistent, rolling pulses knitted together with an elusive, mystic aura.
Hoop Earring frames Caswell at his most tactile and seductive, convecting ten mutable tracks equally balanced between the needs of floating, 4am ‘floors and ketamine-induced couch sessions; reaching back into the beating, fluffy, shoegazing heart of ‘90s electronica and diffusing its spirits into the contemporary sphere.
It takes a steady hand and patient mind to pull this sound off properly, and Sage Caswell is evidently in possession of both. Fizzing into view with Ray of Light 95’s pink hued preface, the road opens out with the purring nocturnal drive of Introduction to WS and the thrumming Detroit thizz of Danny’s Telephone Voice, curving gently into something recalling The Field’s 100bpm dream sequences in Y’all, and melt-on-the-mind nostalgic pads in Here We Guard Upon The Soul.
That nostalgic aura percolates richly into the chamber-like refrain of 31514726 (Step 2), emitting an uncannily wistful vibe redolent of John T. Gast meditations, whilst Joy Tel feels like a moment from SND’s Tender Love left to modulate into infinity, with the deep house sensuality of DYC serving us right back to the ‘floor like it’s ’97 again, and the ambient cushion of Zora Scales (Step 1) as a buffer for hearts racing faster than the head.
RIYL Lee Gamble, Perfume Advert, Nadia Khan, Manta…