Boomkat Product Review:
Hatchback is the solo moniker of San Francisco producer Sam Grawe. While his day job might be producing syrupy house and disco under the Windsurf moniker (along with producing buddy Daniel Judd), the Hatchback material shows his more sensitive, calmer side. I want to refrain from dropping the dreaded ‘chill’ tag, but this is decidedly chilled material, with slowly developing synthesizer textures and pads and propulsive analogue rumbles and sequencer patterns building underneath. Somehow it reminds me of Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom, albeit slowed down to a near-crawl and heard from the next room. There is something gloriously transcendent about ‘Zeus & Apollo’, and those of you who lost your marbles over recent albums from Emeralds and Oneohtrix Point Never would do yourself well to check this a lot closer. Grawe doesn’t necessarily take from the same sources as those artists (there’s little Tangerine Dream here) but I can hear echoes of Vangelis, Michael Rother and meditative new age legend IASOS. ‘Zeus & Apollo’ manages to be peaceful and decidedly blissful without ever encroaching on the kind of cheese you’d expect to find lurking on most ‘new age’ discs, and with that strength of mind Grawe deserves all the praise he will no doubt get. Lovely stuff.