Amsterdam based ambient-electronic artist and multi instrumentalist Erik Buschmann is at it once again. He now follows up on his terrific August release of his stunning inaugural single “All Related.” Looking to finish 2020 in emphatic fashion, he’s here with the release of his formidable EP debut, 1v1.
Erik’s musicianship and boundless creativity shines across the entirety of the long player. He easily combines vivid orchestral arrangements with modern electronica and state-of-the-art production techniques. All this to deliver us a deeply reflective and emotive four-track EP.
“1v1 displays a texture-based musical experience with influences ranging from Jon Hopkins and Floating Points to the more organic sounds of Nils Frahm and Bonobo. The tracks were conceived around a year ago when I was experimenting with classical influences and instruments. Over time, this developed into an electronic-ambient sound made primarily with synthesizers and drum machines combined with violin and guitars. The title ‘1v1’ stands for the flow in the creative process, as well as the internal conflicts and inner struggles that can occur when creating new music”. – Erik Buschmann
Erik immediately sets the tone with the juxtaposed euphoric melancholy of the opening track “Absence.” Erik takes the listener on a hypnotic journey across his refined musical palate. Importantly, he adds a uniquely modern twist to his classical upbringing each step of the way.
With “I Nv U”, the Dutch talent takes things down a level. For this one he floats between arpeggiated synthesizers, stark piano stabs and deep sub-bass. Offering us a uniquely complex work, sounds are mitigated by ambient samples and a gentle underlying timbre.
“Yoko” sees Erik explore his most left field narrative for the penultimate track of this four-part EP. As a result he is cultivating a theme of self-expression and deep introspection across the release. Overall this track gives off that feeling that your are traveling in between an endless ocean of stars.
The last track is riddled with slow paced luscious strings combined with neo-classical instrumentation. “Silence” breaths everything the title says. It makes you feel that you are coming home from a long exhausting trip.
With almost a year in the pipeline, 1v1 has found its shape in a time where there was a lot of inner struggle during the process of writing the EP. Above all, Erik manages to translating these feelings into a personal musical message for the listener. This is truly a remarkable debut EP on one of the most exciting young labels in electronic music. Erik Buschmann’s 1v1 is out now on the Dutch imprint Reflektor Records.
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