Boomkat Product Review:
Joyous rhythmelodic gems from outernational trio Asa Tone, meshing feathered gamelan patterns and fractal electronics in a refreshing exploration of new age, 4th world and minimalist styles - RIYL Steve Reich, Beatrice Dillon, Craig Leon, Visible Cloaks
After glistening introductions made on their debut ‘Temporary Music’ at the head of 2020, here Jakarta-Born Melati Malay meets NYC’s Tristan Arp and Kaazi in a live context, commissioned and recorded by Yu Su’s virtual online event for the New Forms Festival in Vancouver later that same year. Variously dialled in from their respective locations in CDMX, NYC, and the Aussie rainforest, the performance crystallises a pool of generative loops, field recordings and hushed vox into a gorgeous 30 minute flow of lilting metallic percussion and colourful 4th world plumage that was presented via Zoom, and later adapted and spatialized by Yu Su for a 4D sound / 32 channel audio system at Vancouver’s Lobe Studios, where it was accompanied by custom video from artist Nika Milano.
It’s a real pleasure for drum disciples; weft in hyperspace, the work unfurls a ribboning sequence of deftly dubbed out, iridescent patterning that lands effervescent on the mind, dancing on the pineal with exquisitely puckered footwork that barely touches the ground and operates according to its own light-headed logic. Although hyper-pointillist in construction the results reel with a sort of sublime tension and elliptical cadence that tempers the heart-quickening flux of extended melody between its quieter passages and strobing peaks in a manner that never feels trying, just effortlessly transportive and mesmerising.