Boomkat Product Review:
Seductively groggy, tactile downbeat pressure from Torino’s Sabla, inaugurating the Pensaments Sònics division of John Talbot’s Hivern Discs with a potent debut batch
Making his first mark in the five years since turns with Don’t DJ’s Disk and for his pals at Gang of Ducks, Sabla reassesses the fundamentals of his music, focusing on heaving, pensile bass and very satisfyingly textured synth noise in a drivingly beatdown and insistently introspective style.
Structured around rolling waves of finely tempered bass, the artist subtly explores an absorbing sort of 3D soundsphere, giving nuff room for his layered subs to radiate, and acres of shadowy, hallucinatory space where flecks of vocals appear from oblique angles, shimmering between sparingly used but synaesthetically active synth tones.
In other words it’s heavily dub in effect, like a squashed and strung out Shackleton channelling John Carpenter, and coolly paralleling aspects of fellow Italian and duck ganger Dave Saved’s work on ‘Abisso’ for Youth, with standout cuts in the supremely brooding stygian flow of ‘Groundloop’ and its final couplet of durational acid dub trek ‘Moontext’ an the FSOL-esque ‘Forestpath’. A strong look for the night owls.