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Subtropical, rhythmelodic fancies from Baltimore’s Jacober, who’s drummed for likes of Dan Deacon and Dope Body, and now furnishes Geographic North’s long-running Winter series
OK it’s spring in the northern hemisphere, but Jacober’s ’Setch for Winter X: Immortal Word’ feels right for spring downpours and current news reports of gargantuan icebergs calving and floating south. Using marimba and frosted electronics, he convects lush harmonics from his supple percussive gestures, suggesting serene scenes of beachcombing and shuffling over melodic shells and a breezy promise of warmer tomorrows.
“Immortal Word opens with “Four Horsemen”, rippling across an incoming tide of bubbling, frothing percussion and mirthful melody. “Toast” breaks through the misting, overcast skies with a pulsing, sifting rhythm and wide-eyed optimism. The album’s namesake, “Immortal Word” turns that positivity inward, exploring a pile of tuneful textures and playful phrases.
On the B-side, “Flashbacking” wafts through a vacated, shadow-lined boardwalk in a euphoric daze of unhurried movement. The cold gust that is “Witching Hours” reels itself upward in a reversed rain of dripping tones. Closer “Universal Sign” makes calm space to host a sort of moonlit seance, decked in a wistful cloud of peripheral synesthesia.”